Ireland are set to face Norway at the Aviva Stadium tonight, here's a preview

Ireland are set to face Norway at the Aviva Stadium tonight, here's a preview

The Republic of Ireland are set to face Norway at the Aviva Stadium in their final home match of 2022 as they look to end the calendar year on a high. Ireland go into the game having secured an important 3-2 victory in the last match against Armenia in the UEFA Nations League as Robbie Brady scored a dramatic last-minute winner from the penalty spot. Stephen Kenny's side face Norway before heading out to Malta for their match in Ta'Quli on Sunday, November 20, their final match ahead of the year.

Match DetailsFixture: Republic of Ireland v Norway Competition: International FriendlyStadium: Aviva StadiumKick-off: 7.45pmDate: Thursday, November 17TV: RTE & Sky SportsMatch OfficialsReferee: Allard Lindhout (NED)Assistant 1: Rogier Honig (NED)Assistant 2: Rens Bluemink (NED)Fourth Official: Neil Doyle (IRL)Please note that VAR will not be in operation at the fixtureWhat he said - Manager Stephen Kenny "Norway have a lot of players playing at a good level, they are all good players. The highest profile is Martin Odegaard who is an exceptional player for sure. They have players from La Liga and the other top leagues so they have shown themselves to be a good team."It’s an important game in preparation for France. We want to pick a strong team. We want a strong performance. Some other players are coming into contention who have been playing well at club level and, and we have to take that into account."Obviously, France and Norway are different. It’s difficult to gauge, France have been changing their system so much, between a back three and a back four, so you can’t say it’s the same tactical challenge."

Stephen Kenny after Ireland's 2-1 defeat at Hampden (Image: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile via Getty Images)

What he said - Defender John Egan“This is football and we know Norway are a good team. They’ve got good players no matter who is playing.“I don’t focus on that really. We have to go out and play well against what we are up against. We all want to do really well for this team. I’m looking forward to this game."Evan's a young man but he’s not young in stature. He is a big man for his age and he has got a bright future ahead of him.“It seems like he has got a really bright attitude and he’s got good ability, so it’s been really good to get to know him this week."WATCH THE PRESS CONFERENCE ON FAI TV NOWHead-to-Head - Republic of Ireland v Norway record and five meetingsMatches Played: 18Game Won: 7Draws: 8Games Lost: 301/06/1988 - Norway 0-0 Republic of Ireland - International Friendly28/06/1994 - Republic of Ireland 0-0 Norway - FIFA World Cup30/04/2003 - Republic of Ireland 1-0 Norway - International Friendly 20/08/2008 - Norway 1-1 Republic of Ireland - International Friendly17/11/2010 - Republic of Ireland 1-2 Norway - International FriendlyRepublic of Ireland Squad - Norway & MaltaGoalkeepers: Caoimhin Kelleher (Liverpool), Gavin Bazunu (Southampton), Mark Travers (AFC Bournemouth).

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Matt Doherty (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathan Collins (Wolverhampton Wanderers), John Egan (Sheffield United), Dara O'Shea (West Bromwich Albion), Darragh Lenihan (Middlesbrough), Liam Scales (Aberdeen, on loan from Celtic), James McClean (Wigan Athletic), Robbie Brady (Preston North End), Mark Sykes (Bristol City).

Midfielders: Josh Cullen (Burnley), Jeff Hendrick (Reading, on loan from Newcastle United), Jayson Molumby (West Bromwich Albion), Alan Browne (Preston North End), Will Smallbone (Stoke City, on loan from Southampton), Jamie McGrath (Dundee United, on loan from Wigan Athletic).

Forwards: Michael Obafemi (Swansea City), Callum Robinson (Cardiff City), Chiedozie Ogbene (Rotherham United), Evan Ferguson (Brighton and Hove Albion), Callum O'Dowda (Cardiff City).