Ireland vs Wales Predictions and Match Preview

Ireland vs Wales
UEFA Nations League
Date: Tuesday, 16th October 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Aviva Stadium (Dublin).

A must win game for both sides to go on top of the league. Irish are last in the table with a 3 point difference with the toppers Denmark. While the Welsh will surpass the Danish if they win this one.

The Green Army are yet to win a match in the UNL. Their group opener ended as a disaster as Bale and company ran over them with a 4-1 home win.

Gareth Bale, even though is poor for his club side Real Madrid, chipped in with a goal and an assist in that game. Aaron Ramsey also found the net. The home side was 3 goal up in the first half. Shaun Williams scored the only goal for the Irish in the second half.

Coach Martin O’Neill will have to rethink his teams’ playing style. They either break down entirely or just survive without conceding. Conceding unnecessary fouls will have to seize.

Ryan Giggs has took charge of Wales this year. The Nations League is his first major competition as manager. His team suffered a surprising 2-0 loss at Denmark. In the league after win over Ireland.

A friendly against Spain at home followed and they lost miserably with a final score of 4-1. Bale was not available for that game with the consolation goal scored by Burnley forward Sam Vokes. They conceded 3 goals in the first half to a young Spanish team.

Ireland vs Wales Head to head

In the reverse fixture of the group held at Wales, home side emerged victors. Final score line was 4-1.

In the last 7 matches between these two teams, Ireland has 3 wins and The Welsh has one; 3 games were draws.

Irish have only won a single game in all of their 8 previous games. At home they have only 4 wins in 10.

The Dragons managed to win 2 of their 5 away games lately. 4 of those 5 games recorded below 2.5 goals.

Ireland vs Wales Prediction

With Bale possibly returning to the squad Wales looks the strongest on paper. If the Irish concede fouls around the box, those swerving free kicks of Bale will be threat to the home side.

Wales midfield led by Ramsey will have the possession stats under control. With Welsh defense shaken after the Spain game chances could be made. The Irish may try to be defensive and attack on counters.

We can hope for a tight game as both the teams have chances to progress and to be relegated as well.

Ireland vs Wales Betting Tips

  • Game to end in draw @ 3.00 (2/1).
  • Under 2.5 goals @ 1.50 (1/2).