Republic of Ireland v Latvia

Republic of Ireland will host Latvia on Friday night at the Aviva Stadium in what will be the first game for the hosts' new technical bench.

Ireland will be hoping that under the guidance of new manager Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane they will be able to move on from their failed World Cup qualifying campaign, with this weekend's friendly representing a chance for the Boys in Green to start anew.

While both teams have only won one of their last six games, and it is O'Neill's first game in charge of an international side, the former Aston Villa manager seems confident after some good preparations ahead of the clash.

"We did exactly what we intended to do [in training on Tuesday morning]," O'Neill told Goal. "Roy wanted to work with the players - so did I - and we had a little formula worked out.

"The players are raring to go; all eyes on Latvia," he added.

The Green Army's Anthony Pilkington sat out Tuesday's training but might recover from the dead leg he sustained on Saturday in English Premier League action.

Ciaran Clark and Robbie Brady, however, will not participate in the friendly due to a foot and hernia injury respectively.

Latvia are ranked 117th in the world and endured a torrid qualification campaign, managing to eke out just two wins, against Lithuania and Lichtenstein at home, while failing to win any matches on the road.

There are not any injury concerns for Marian Pahars' side, and it is expected the tactician will hand the captain's armband to Reading full-back Kaspars Gorkss.