Mick McCarthy is hoping the Republic of Ireland's set-piece prowess can damage Switzerland as they look to strengthen their claims on Euro 2020 qualification.

The Swiss arrive in Dublin on Thursday evening having collected four points from their opening two Group D fixtures with Ireland having amassed 10 from their four outings, although nine of those have come from Gibraltar and Georgia.

However, having seen the Swiss concede three times after leading Denmark 3-0 with just six minutes remaining in March, McCarthy is hopeful his team can capitalise on any uncertainty in Vladimir Petkovic's rearguard.

The Republic demonstrated their set-piece threat as Shane Duffy scored from Alan Judge's free-kick in Denmark and Conor Hourihane dispatched a match-winning free-kick against the Georgians.

McCarthy said: "It's a real plus for us. We've got good deliveries. Judgey put in a great delivery for big Duffer, Conor scored his goal.

"He has delivery with his left foot, we've got people who can attack it - we can be a threat from free-kicks and corners."

Panic in the Swiss defence late on against Denmark 

While McCarthy admits Switzerland's capitulation against the Danes is likely to prove a temporary aberration, he will have no qualms about testing their mettle after spotting a series of errors in the way they attempted to defend their seemingly decisive lead in Basel.

He said: "The first goal was a free-kick put into the box - I'd be looking at that thinking the centre-backs should have cleared it. It ends up at 3-1 and suddenly the mood changes, they get nervous.

"The Danish team scored a great goal then, passed their way through them, the right-back played them onside which is a mistake... There are always mistakes involved if you get a goal.

"Third goal, when it was 3-2, there was a bit of panic there. The ball was in the air a long time, I thought there were a few missed challenges and it ended up in their box. It was carnage all around.

"They must look at it and wonder how did they concede three goals. But it happens unfortunately. Balls start getting put into the box, it bounces around, people miss headers, clearances and it ended up in the back of the net.

"They took the captain off to a standing ovation, it looked like they were going to win and it ends up 3-3. They must have been scratching their heads." 

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