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Poll: Which of the 4 teams would you like to see Ireland face in the play-offs?

Croatia, Denmark, Italy or Switzerland will stand between Ireland and the 2018 World Cup.

Italy: Italy's soccer team training session Will Ireland come up against veteran Italian goalkeeper Gigi Buffon next month? Source: Giacomo Morini

AFTER THE GROUP stages in the 2018 World Cup qualification campaign concluded last night, Ireland now have a clearer idea of who they might face in next month’s play-offs.

Having defeated Wales in Cardiff on Monday night to finish in second place in Group D, Martin O’Neill’s side must win next month’s two-legged tie to secure a place at next summer’s tournament in Russia.

Ireland will be unseeded in next Tuesday’s draw — along with Northern Ireland, Sweden and Greece — which means the potential opponents for the Boys in Green are Croatia, Denmark, Italy and Switzerland.

The first leg will take place on a date between 9 and 11 November, followed by the second leg on 12-14 November.

The42‘s Paul Fennessy has provided his ranking of Ireland’s four potential opponents here, but now we’re keen to hear your thoughts on the best-case scenario.

James McClean celebrates scoring his sides opening goal Ireland's James McClean celebrates after scoring the decisive goal against Wales. Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

Which team would you like to see Ireland play for a place at the 2018 World Cup?

Poll Results:

Denmark (4404)
Switzerland (2159)
Italy (535)
Croatia (180)

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