Wales v Republic of Ireland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 03, 2018
Cardiff City Stadium - Euro Nations League
Wales host Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland side in the inaugural Euro Nations League, after the Boys in Green ended Wales' World Cup hopes in 2018.
The Republic of Ireland beat Wales 1-0 in November 2018, as part of the 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign - a result which put them into the play-offs ahead of Wales.
The game ended 0-0 in the reverse fixture in Dublin, in a game marred by a horror injury to Irish skipper Seamus Coleman in March 2017.
Ryan Giggs has a fully fit squad to pick from ahead of his first competitive game as Wales manager, with stars Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale , however he has opted to leave out Neil Taylor and striker Hal Robson-Kanu has retired from international duty.
O'Neill has been rocked by the news that Declan Rice is stalling over declaring for Ireland, with England still an option for the West Ham teenager.
James McCarthy, Robbie Brady, Sean Maguire and Scott Hogan are all sidelined through injury, and Shane Long is also an injury doubt after picking up a knock at the weekend.
Wales v Republic of Ireland Predictions and Previews
Games between these two have taken on real importance and and a real competitive edge, given the stakes in their last two meetings. They have been paired with Denmark, who defeated Ireland in the play-offs, in this Euro Nations group.
Meetings have been tight and tense over the past two years, with just one goal scored in the past three clashes between them, however given the semi-competitive nature of this game, it could be a bit more open from both sides.
O'Neill is under pressure to play a more progressive style, following Ireland's sobering loss to the Danes, and Giggs also knows that his tenure needs to start well if he is to avoid any excessive pressure early on in his managerial career.
With that in mind, an over 2.5 goals bet looks a good option at 8/5, and avoids the need for sticking your money on an outright winner, if you are undecided.
Bale is obviously the standout threat for Wales, and the Real Madrid star has started the season well, scoring three goals in as many La Liga appearances so far - he is available at 5/2 to score first.
A 2-2 draw at 18/1
Both teams are in a rebuilding stage, and that will be reflected in their respective line ups for this game, with both managers looking to establish a tactical style moving forward. Both sides do also possess a goal threat in their ranks, and the Euro Nations League is a perfect environment to experiment within competitive surroundings.
James McClean to score anytime at 7/2
McClean scored the famous goal to beat wales the last time these two sides met, and he finished the World Cup qualifying campaign as Ireland's top scorer. He sealed a summer move to Stoke, and has netted once so far this season for Gary Rowett's side.