Wales And Ireland To Share The Spoils In A Bad Tempered World Cup Qualifier

There is all to play for at the Cardiff City Stadium on Monday night as Wales take on Republic of Ireland in a 2018 World Cup qualifier that has plenty riding on it. Expect tempers to flare in a tetchy draw in the Welsh capital...

  • Wales have only lost one of their past 21 qualifiers
  • Ireland are unbeaten in six meetings with Wales - Won Three, Drawn Three
  • Wales have conceded one goal in their past five qualifiers

Monday 9th October - 7.45pm OddsWon/LostBet
Wales v Republic of Ireland    
Tips The Draw    Best Bet @ 23 / 10  

How It Stands

The winner of this Group D encounter will finish at least second in the group and it is a match that Ireland simply have to win to have any chance of making next summer's finals in Russia. Martin O'Neill's faltering men start the day in third place, one point behind second-placed Wales and two points behind group leaders Serbia, who host Georgia on Monday evening.

Wales know that a point would be enough to see them finish second but that still might not be enough for them to reach the play-offs because only the eight best-placed runners up from the nine groups qualify for the play-offs next month.

However, we think a draw might be the way to go at a best price 23/10 (Betfair) because there is so little to choose between these sides, with three of their past four clashes all ending in draws.
Match Odds:

Bad Blood

The last two meetings have ended goalless and another 0-0 correct score is available at 13/2 (Betfred).

The previous clash between these sides saw Seamus Coleman suffer a broken leg following a horror challenge from Neil Taylor in Dublin and there could still be some ill-feeling from that, with card markets very much worth looking out for when the bookmakers price those odds up.

Potentially, both of these teams could finish in the top-two in the group if Serbia slip up at home to Georgia but that seems unlikely and we are going to back Wales to get the point they need to guarantee second spot.

Posted: Sunday, 8th October 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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