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Wales vs Republic of Ireland: Dragons get our vote

Kick-off: 1700, 15/11/2020

Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

Wales are battling it out with Finland for top spot in Nations League Group B4 and should be far more motivated in Cardiff than Republic of Ireland.

The men in green have had to endure a tough 12 months and head into this contest looking low on confidence and self-belief.

Punters can get 21/20 for a home win and that is our opening Wales vs Republic of Ireland prediction.

A Look At Wales’ Betting Odds

After ending 2019 with a couple of wins to qualify for Euro 2020, Wales have maintained the momentum during this competition.

They kicked off with a 1-0 victory in Finland before beating Bulgaria by the same scoreline in Cardiff.

A tepid 0-0 draw away to Ireland was followed by another 1-0 success in Sofia to keep the Dragons a point ahead of Finland at the summit of this section.

Being without head coach Ryan Giggs for personal reasons is a concern, but former Under-21s boss Robert Page has come across as an able deputy.

Former Wales striker Robert Earnshaw insisted: “As a player, you’re in that situation on the basis of being a professional and applying yourself whether the manager’s there or not.

“I don’t see those Wales players missing a beat because they are there for their national team playing the best that they can.”

He added: “Rob’s a great guy and there will be no problem in him stepping in for Ryan.

“He’s been the link between the first team and the youth over the last few years and knows the set-up.”

Page fielded a shadow team for Thursday’s friendly draw with the USA but the likes of Gareth Bale, Daniel James and David Brooks should be back for this clash.

Looking at the Wales vs Republic of Ireland odds, we’re happy to take 7/4 for a home win to nil.

A Look At Republic of Ireland’s Betting Odds

Ireland are down in third place on two points, having also claimed a share of the spoils against Bulgaria in Sofia.

Stephen Kenny’s side have lost 1-0 twice to Finland and crashed out of the Euro 2020 play-offs when beaten on penalties following a goalless draw in Slovakia.

Wednesday’s 3-0 friendly defeat versus England at Wembley was another lifeless performance, although we weren’t complaining as it gave us a trio of winning bets.

Tottenham full-back Matt Doherty said of the slump in form: “Look, it’s disappointing, it’s a bit embarrassing.

“I feel embarrassed sometimes when I come off the pitch because we’re just losing games and not scoring goals and conceding goals, so it’s not nice.”

Alan Browne became the latest Ireland player to test positive for coronavirus following the loss in London and Kenny was already without strikers Callum Robinson and Aaron Connolly.

With David McGoldrick retired from international football and Shane Long left out due to a lack of playing time at Southampton, the four forwards named in Ireland’s squad have only two goals between them.

Let’s go with a 1-0 home win at 17/4 for our final Wales vs Republic of Ireland prediction.

Additional stats

Last result:

WALES 0-0 United States


Head-to-head: Ireland 0-0 Wales, Ireland 0-1 Wales, Wales 4-1 Ireland, Wales 0-1 Ireland, Ireland 0-0 Wales

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