Odds: Wales 23/20, Draw 11/5, Ireland 12/5
Kick Off: 1945, 09/10/2017
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Wales go into Monday’s crucial World Cup clash against the Republic of Ireland with the advantage of only needing a point to at least make the play-offs and we reckon they can grind out a draw in Cardiff.
Focusing on securing a share of the spoils looks the best option for Chris Coleman’s side and we’re on a draw at 11/5 in our Wales vs Republic of Ireland betting predictions.
A Look At Wales’ Betting Odds
Wales stayed a point ahead of Ireland thanks to a first win over Georgia, with Tom Lawrence netting the only goal when firing in a superb long-range strike early in the second half in Tbilisi.
That was a third straight clean-sheet victory for the Dragons, who also overcame a significant psychological barrier by winning without Gareth Bale for the first time in four years.
Coleman insists he will take a positive approach to the final qualifier, stating: “We’re on dangerous ground if we go in with a game plan of trying to soak the pressure up for 90 minutes.
“We are too good to do that. We’ll go and attack, go and score goals, we have to do that – it’s our strength. A point may be okay but we’ll go for three points. That’s the way it’s set up.
“I think it will be a sensational atmosphere in Cardiff and these are the games you want to be involved in.”
That is an admirable attitude but the longer the scores stay level, the more tempting it will become for Wales to try and keep what they hold.
It is 333/100 for a draw at half-time and full-time and we’ll take that for our Wales vs Republic of Ireland betting tips.
A Look At Republic of Ireland’s Betting Odds
Ireland went into Friday night’s clash with Moldova at the Aviva Stadium knowing Wales had won in Georgia, meaning victory was the only option.
Two first-half goals from Daryl Murphy were enough to secure a 2-0 win, with Serbia’s 3-2 defeat in Austria throwing the group wide open once again.
“If you had said to me right at the beginning when the group was drawn that we would have to go to Wales and win – and we were down as fourth seeds – I would have taken it, so let’s go for it,” cried Martin O’Neill.
Ireland will be able to call upon Robbie Brady and James McClean in Cardiff after both sat out against the Moldovans through suspension.
However, the last couple of encounters between these teams have ended in draws and 21/4 for 1-1 here stands out from the Wales vs Republic of Ireland odds.
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Georgia 0-1 WALES – Tom Lawrence
REP OF IRE 2-0 Moldova – Daryl Murphy (2)
Head-to-head: Rep of Ire 0-0 Wales, Wales 0-0 Rep of Ire, Rep of Ire 3-0 Wales, Wales 2-2 Rep of Ire, Rep of Ire 1-0 Wales
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