Wales vs Ireland
UEFA Nations League
Date: Thursday, 6 September 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff.
The UEFA Nations League draw decided to join Wales and Republic of Ireland together after the neighbouring countries played each other in the previous term of World Cup qualifications.
It was just their clash in the very last round of the campaign which determined the side to advance to the play-offs as Serbia had already secured the top spot earlier on.
The Boys in Green came on top back then, but only to fall 1-5 on aggregate to Denmark in the play-offs as neither of the two teams actually travelled to Russia this summer.
The Dragons will get the chance for some sort of revenge here as they kick off the campaign in front of the home crowd in Cardiff in Thursday evening.
Ryan Giggs has reasons to be satisfied with his men’s displays at China Cup and in a friendly against Mexico as Wales conceded only a single goal along the way.
It is a fine record if we know the opposition included the likes of Uruguay and Mexico in last two games they featured.
Wales vs Ireland: Head-to-head
- Republic of Ireland were much more successful in the history of H2H games with Wales.
- The Boys in Green won 6, drew 4 and lost just 1 of 11 encounters with the Dragons.
- Last three games produced just one goal in total.
- Both teams scored in only two of eleven H2H games.
Wales vs Ireland: Prediction
Republic of Ireland were also in action in friendlies this spring. They lost 2-0 to latter World Cup champions France in late-May before beating a very strong United States line-up 2-1 at home in early-June.
The Irish squad has only eight Premier League players, this is the fewest in a long time.
Southampton’s striker Shane Long will skip the Welsh tie through a foot injury suffered in a 0-2 victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday. While midfielder Harry Arter was not called-up. The attacking line relies on Championship forces (Walters, Burke, Robinson and O’Brien).
Wales come into the game in much higher spirits as Ryan Giggs will count on his main star Gareth Bale. Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey are also on disposal, while defender Paul Dummet earned the return to the national team for the first time after 2016.
The hosts were very tough to break down in recent matches under Giggs and they are worth backing not to concede a goal at 1.83 here.
Wales vs Ireland: Bet Tips
Wales to win @ 2.00 (1/1)
Wales to keep a clean sheet @ 1.90 (9/10).