What TV channel is Ireland v Finland airing on? Kick-off time, FREE live stream, teams and odds for huge World Cup qualifier

HISTORY beckons Ireland when they take on Finland in a massive World Cup qualifier.

In the event of a win or a draw, Vera Pauw’s team will be guaranteed a play-off with one game to lose.

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Ireland face Finland in a World Cup qualifier on Thursday1 credit
Victory will guarantee Vera Pauw's Ireland a play-off

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Victory will guarantee Vera Pauw’s Ireland a play-offCredit: Sportsfile – Subscription

Here’s everything you need to know about the game.

When is it and what time is kick off?

Ireland v Finland will take place at a sold-out Tallaght Stadium on Thursday September 1, with kick-off at 7pm.

Where can I watch it?

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The match will be broadcast live on RTE 2, from 6:30 p.m.

The match will also be available to stream for FREE via the RTE Player.

What are the teams?

Neither country has yet named their starting XI.

What was said in the preparation?

Fans will be optimistic about Ireland’s ability to get a foothold in the 2023 World Cup against Finland, having beaten them in Helsinki earlier in the qualifying campaign.

However, Vera Pauw insisted the Girls in Green will be the underdogs against Thursday’s opponents.

She said: “A lot of people think ahead. But Finland were the best away team. And we stole the points there. The thing is, it’s their last chance.

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“They won’t underestimate us. And we need to know where we are. They have just played the Euro. This can be an advantage or a disadvantage.

“But they have three major games in their legs right now, with a rest period in between.

“I want to repeat – and I’m not minimizing – I don’t consider us favorites. I see it’s a big, big game and it will be very difficult to get a result.

“The situation is completely different from the first game. I hope you remember we scored early and I hope you remember how we played under pressure later in the game.

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“It’s a really tough game but we’ll be ready and we’ll do everything we can to get a result.

“So we have to see where we are. The thing is, we have to be ready as always, and then we have to see if it’s enough, and if luck is on our side a bit.

Christy J. Olson