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Ireland set for October clash with Slovakia as three options proposed for Euro 2020 playoffs

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Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

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Republic of Ireland manager Stephen Kenny. Photo: Harry Murphy/Sportsfile

An October clash with Slovakia in the Euro 2020 playoff is now the most likely date for Stephen Kenny's side, the FAI have revealed.

The FAI were included in a conference call with all national associations held by UEFA today, and while a number of scenarios were laid out for the semi-final and final matches in the playoffs for the Euro 2020 finals, the Irish side could have five matches played in the Nations League before a trip to Slovakia comes around.

The winners of that tie, due to be played in Bratislava.

"There has been a slight move on that. Originally, we thought it may well be November but it now looks like the semi-final is the preferred option in October," FAI interim CEO Gary Owens told fai.ie today.

"They don't want to have the semi-final and the final of the play-offs in the one month. It looks like the Nations League matches will be in September and October with the semi-final play-off in October and the final play-off in November."

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