Reasons for Wales vs Republic of Ireland Tip
The most prominent derby in the whole round of these qualifiers will be played in Cardiff. This game solves everything. Whichever team wins, will grab the playoff spot. If Serbia suffers a loss against Georgia at home, the winner could end up at the top of the group, but that is highly unlikely. British derby will draw the biggest attention, and we are going to make a preview of it.
The Republic of Ireland is in a bit worse position because they have one point less before this round. On the other hand, Wales will also have the fans behind them, and we all know what kind of atmosphere spectators in Cardiff can produce.
Without Gareth Bale, the Dragons managed to win in Georgia, 0-1 and they are still unbeaten in this qualifiers. Tom Lawrence scored a decisive goal in the 49th minute of the game, which kept Wales on place number 2. It was the third game in a row where they kept the clean sheets. After 5 straight draws, Chris Coleman’s team, manage to record 3 consecutive wins which eventually preserved the chances of reaching the Russia. A tough and hard game in the midfield is something characteristic for this assembly along with low efficient contests. Previous 6 matches ended under 2.5 goals.
Republic of Ireland Preview
After 3 games in which they haven’t won, the Republic of Ireland finally reached the whole three points. The Boys in Green defeated Moldova with 2-0 at home, and they have to repeat the same thing against Wales away from home. The most unpleasant result in the qualifiers for them was a draw in Georgia 1-1, which might cost them the World Cup. However, what is encouraging for their fans is the fact that Ireland hasn’t lost away from home so far in group encounters. Two wins and two draws, with 3 games in which both teams have scored.
Wales vs Republic of Ireland Head to Head
In the previous game played at Aviva Stadium, we saw a goalless draw. It was a very intense match with many harsh tackles and fierce battles. Neil Taylor received a red card, and many more players were on the verge of being sent off.
It was the 7th game in a row in which Wales hasn’t won against the neighbors.
Chris Coleman and Martin O’Neill had three head to head meetings, and they all ended without winners.
Wales vs Republic of Ireland Prediction And Betting Tips
Both Wales and the Republic of Ireland have a similar style of play. Not many goals, strong defense, and aggressive midfield are the main characteristics in their performances. Also when we take a look at the previous results, we come to the conclusion that this game is probably going to end with a moderate efficiency, between 2 and 3 goals.
For the next bet, we believe that second half as the highest scoring one is the ideal pick. Neither of the coaches is going to open immediately following the first whistle, and cautious approach is going to be dominant in the first 45 minutes. As the game develops and enters the final period, we can expect for the tactical part to be abandoned.