Republic of Ireland v Wales Predictions, Betting Tips and Previewss
October 14, 2018
Aviva Stadium - Nations League
Martin O'Neill's side face a crunch showdown in Dublin on Tuesday night, as they welcome Wales to Dublin in the UEFA Euro Nations League.
Wales beat Ireland 4-1 in Cardiff in September, avenging the 1-0 defeat that the Republic inflicted on them in November 2017 - with O'Neill's side advancing to the World Cup play off stage at their expense.
O'Neill could shuffle his pack following their 0-0 draw with Denmark, with midfielder Callum O'Dowda a major injury doubt for the hosts.
If he misses out, O'Neil could opt for David Meyler or Shaun Williams to fill in. The former Aston Villa boss could be tempted to start Callum Robinson after his impressive substitute impact against the Danes.
Wales boss Ryan Giggs will wait until the last minute to make a decision on captain Gareth Bale, with the Real Madrid star struggling with an injury.
He sat out their friendly defeat to Spain, and Giggs will be keen to have his talisman available for this high stakes clash.
Republic of Ireland v Wales Preview and Predictions
Ireland salvaged some pride with a draw against Denmark, adding to a draw away against Poland, after their humbling in Cardiff. O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane have come in for criticism for both their negative tactics and approach to managing the national team.
Given the damage done by that loss in September, O'Neill is likely to adopt an even more cautions approach in this game, as he looks to keep Ireland's chances of avoiding Euro Nations relegation alive.
Wales' chances of a win hinge on the fitness of Bale, as despite having greater individuals than Ireland, the absence of Bale will boost Ireland and increase their confidence of getting a result.
This clash is likely to be as tight as ever, with an under 2.5 goals bet an almost certainty given Ireland's pragmatic approach to attacking, priced at 8/15.
A draw would suit Wales better, leaving them with four points from two Euro Nations games, and Ireland do not look capable of taking all three points from this clash, so with that inn mind - a draw is available at 19/10.
A 1-1 draw
Ireland need to continue building confidence ahead of the European Championship qualifiers, and a defeat in Dublin would severely dent that and reopen the debate on O'Neill's future as manager. Wales will be a little shell shocked from their friendly loss to Spain, despite an improved second half performance against Luis Enrique's side.
Callum Robinson to score anytime at 12/5
Preston striker Robinson has been one of the very few bright sparks from this Ireland side in recent games, and give the goal scoring struggles of Shane Long for both club and country, O'Neill could turn to him to solve the lack of goals in his side.