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Chart of the Week: does the price of a pint indicate a win for Ireland in Macedonia?

Trap’s side are in Skopje for a crunch Euro 2012 showdown. Does the inflationary cost of a pint correlate with rising Irish fortunes in Macedonia?

IRELAND’S FOOTBALLERS TAKE on Macedonia, hoping to keep their Euro 2012 qualification bid on track, this evening.

Skopje has not, however, been a happy hunting ground for the Boys in Green through the years.

In 1997, Mick McCarthy’s side were humbled 3-1 as the term ‘I had a Macedonia’ was coined amid a disastrous World Cup qualification result.

Two years later, in the final group game of the European Championships campaign, a last minute goal made it 1-1 – sending the Irish into an unsuccessful play-off.

Today, Ireland are well in the mix in Group B, on 10 points with Russia and Slovakia apiece. After a week in which the Vintners Association in this country have vowed to bring Ireland’s pubs in the modern day – despite rising drink prices – what does the cost of a pint tell us about this evening’s showdown?

Very little obviously. But we had a look anyway and it looks like we’re on for a win:

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