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Duo Set For International Action

7 June 2013

Two of Crystal Palace’s promotion-winning stars could line up for their countries in crucial World Cup 2014 Qualifying matches this evening. 

Winger Yannick Bolasie is expected to be in the Democratic Republic of Congo squad for their Group I fixture in Libya – a match they cannot afford to lose if they are to stand a realistic chance of qualifying for the next phase of the African section. 

DR Congo currently lie third in their group, one point behind Libya and two behind group leaders Cameroon, with three matches remaining. But only the country that finishes top of the table will go through to the third phase of the African qualifying section. 

Bolasie made his debut for DR Congo when the two sides last met back in March, with the former Bristol City man playing 82 minutes of a 0-0 draw.

But he will be hoping to help his side go one better this time around, when the two nations meet in Tripoli at 5.30pm. 

Back on European soil, centre-back Damien Delaney is among the Republic of Ireland party that will host the Faroe Islands in Dublin. 

Delaney impressed after playing all 90 minutes of Ireland’s 4-0 friendly win over Georgia on Sunday, putting him in contention for a starting role tonight. 

The Irish currently lie fourth in Group C of the European section after a mixed start to their qualifying campaign.

Giovanni Trappatoni’s men have picked up eight points from their opening five matches, having drawn their last two competitive games in Sweden and at home to Austria. 

Germany are currently eight points clear at the top of the table, with the Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Austria all level on points in the race for second place.

And the Irish are overwhelming favourites to secure their third win of the campaign when they welcome the group’s whipping boys to the Aviva Stadium, at 7.45pm. 

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