Wales v Republic of Ireland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 08, 2017
Cardiff City Stadium - World Cup Qualifier
Wales host the Republic of Ireland on Monday night in what is likely to be a straight shootout for a World Cup play-off spot next month.
The last two meetings between these two sides have been tight contests, including the reverse of this fixture in March in Dublin, with this reflected in successive 0-0 draws.
In their only other three competitive meetings, Wales have never beaten the Irish. Losing 3-0 and 1-0 in 2011 and 2007 respectively, both in Dublin, with a 2-2 in Wales in 2007.
Wales are without their talisman Gareth Bale, who to Real Madrid with a calf injury and missed their narrow 1-0 win away in Georgia on Friday evening.
Bale was replaced in the starting line up by Derby County midfielder Tom Lawrence, who netted the winner in Georgia, and Wales boss Chris Coleman is unlikely to change his starting line up for Monday's game.
Ireland are without key forward Jon Walters through injury, and captain Seamus Coleman remains sidelined with the broken leg that he suffered in the draw against Wales earlier this year.
Everton midfielder James McCarthy has also returned to his clubb after he was unable to shake off a long term injury in time for these games.
Robbie Brady and James McClean were suspended for the Republic's 2-0 win over Moldova on Friday, and both are expected to make a return to the starting line up for Martin O'Neill's team.
Wales v Republic of Ireland Preview and Predictions
Monday's night clash between these two sides has been billed as a winner takes all, however there are still other factors at play in the race to qualify.
Coleman's wales only need a point against third placed Ireland to secure second spot in their group, but they are likely to need a win to secure a place as one of the eight best second placed teams.
Ireland simply need to win to overhaul Wales and go into second to stand any chance of qualifying or a play off spot, they are also reliant on Croatia and Scotland dropping points to seal a place as one of the best second placed teams.
There is also a possibility that either side could finish place, as group leaders Serbia are only assured of second place- not top spot- and if they lose at home to Georgia one of these could capitalise.
Wales head into this game in good form, having turned their qualification campaign around, winning their last three qualifiers to put themselves back in contention.
Ireland recovered from a disappointing set of results against Georgia and Serbia last month to beat Moldova on Friday and set things up nicely for Monday.
Given the lack of goals in previous meetings this is unlikely to be a goal fest, and an under 2.5 goals bet is priced at 8/15.
Alongside this, despite Wales technically only needing a point, they will also be going for a win to ensure no nasty late surprises on Monday, and a narrow win for someone looks to be on the cards. A both teams not to score bet is priced at 8/11.
Ireland to win 1-0
Despite Wales having home advantage, Ireland do have a history of rising to the occasion when it matters and that should give them an edge on Coleman's team. It is likely to be tight and tense in Cardiff, with set pieces and aerial power potentially proving to be key in deciding who wins this game. Ireland have won their last two games through headers- and that will be a real boost for them.
Daryl Murphy to score first 7/1
Nottingham Forest striker Murphy scored twice as Ireland overcame Moldova and he will be a problem for the Welsh with his power in the air and ability to hold up play for those around him. With the return of McClean and Brady to the team he will also have an increase in supply to threaten the Wales defence.