Wales vs Ireland Predictions, Betting Tips & Preview
England and Scotland may have produced two thoroughly entertaining games in this qualifying campaign, but after the feisty affair in Dublin, this winner takes all clash has to be one of the biggest games of this qualifying campaign altogether.
Game: Wales vs Ireland
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-off: Monday 9th October, 7.45PM
What, a game. The Republic of Ireland may well think back after this game and kick themselves for the missed opportunities. They played around 25 minutes against both Wales and Serbia but failed to find a breakthrough, but there’s little time for reflection now. Both Wales and Ireland have the biggest 90 minutes of their countries recent footballing history ahead of them.
After midweek wins against Georgia and Moldova respectively, the risk of these nations finishing second and still not qualifying is gone. Only a win will do for Ireland, whilst Wales can afford to draw. Serbia’s slip up has allowed both of these sides the opportunity to gain automatic qualification should they win, but it’s unlikely Serbia will give them that chance.
The sides drew 0-0 when they met earlier in the group stages and both had good chances to win that game. It’s Ireland who would have come away more disappointed with the point, as the hosts failed to break down a Wales side that had 10 men for nearly half an hour.
Wales are the bookmaker's favorites at odds of 13/10 with Coral, but these teams look hard to separate. The draw is worth consideration at odds of 21/10 with William Hill and Ireland are offered at 5/2 with Bet365 to stun the Cardiff faithful.
Wales are far from a clear favorite to win this game, but there is a strong expectation that they won’t lose it, and that’ll do for Chris Coleman’s side. Ireland haven’t shown enough away from home in this group to create any expectation of a win here, but Wales will do well not to underestimate this courageous Irish side.
Ireland were given less of a chance when beating Germany 1-0 at the Aviva and drawing 1-1 away in their last qualifying campaign, whilst late wins over Italy and Austria more recently highlighted the spirit of this team when their backs are against the wall. This game should be tight enough that Ireland can set themselves up going into the last half hour, but can they go all the way?
Back our Free Betting Tip: Republic of Ireland +0.25AH at 4/5 with Bet365
A draw is enough for Wales. They’ll set out to win the game, but Ireland are likely to cancel them out for large parts. There comes a time in the game that Wales (or Ireland) look to settle for what they have, and the expectation has to be that Serbia will win their final game.
Back our Score Prediction: Draw: 1-1 at best odds 4/1 with Paddy Power
Wales have needed a few unlikely heroes in the recent absence of Gareth Bale. Ireland have struggled for goals consistently, but Daryl Murphy must have staked his claim to start here and poses a real aerial threat to Wales, which realistically could be Ireland’s way in given how the hosts struggled with Mitrovic earlier in the campaign.
Back our Scorer Prediction: Daryl Murphy at odds of 3/1 with Bet365