Wales vs Republic of Ireland Predictions and Betting Tips

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Wales vs Republic of Ireland predictions and betting tips for this week’s UEFA Nations League fixture In Cardiff – including the latest odds and bets in our tipsters’ betting preview.

The boys in green will have fond memories of the last encounter with their Celtic opponents, despite it culminating in a match-up with Denmark that ultimately ended in embarrassment.

Wales entertain the Republic of Ireland on Thursday as part of wider plans to scrap conventional friendlies and introduce the supposedly more competitive Nations League format. Denmark complete the trio of teams in Group 4, and they take on Wales at the weekend.


Wales vs Republic of Ireland Predictions

There’s no doubt that when Ireland plan on opposition territory their negative approach tends to get its due rewards – few goals. In fact, the Irish have failed to score in each of their last three matches away from the Emerald Isle, so we can’t imagine there will be many people including this tie in their both teams to score coupons. To substantiate the point, only two of Ireland’s last seven away matches have seen both teams net, making it a market to avoid at all costs. Instead, why not consider backing fewer than two goals scored in this match? Betfair go 6/4 on U1.5 goals, which looks massive.

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Both Teams to Score in Wales v Rep of Ireland?

Staying on the theme of this game being potentially mundane and low scoring, we’ve already outlined the merits of avoiding bets where several goals are required. I really don’t think you can underestimate the defensive set-up of Martin O’Neill’s side and the likely impact it will have on the match as a spectacle. To put it politely, the Republic of Ireland are a pretty ordinary team and while I’m not for a minute saying Wales are known for setting pulses racing, I do at least think they’ll have a go. I’m advocating a nibble on both teams NOT to score, which is 4/7 at various firms and certainly worth consideration as an acca booster.

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Wales vs Rep of Ireland Winner Prediction

We can make bold predictions about most football matches but the fact is we can’t really be sure how seriously either nation will take this game. True, those who triumph will gain yards in the FIFA rankings but it’s questionable just how significant managers and players regard this as an incentive. In any case, Wales will surely be hoping to put on a show in Ryan Giggs’ first home match and I think they have enough in their armoury to do so. A Welsh win is priced up at evens with Bet365, which looks reasonable given that the likes of Gareth Bale feature in their squad.

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Wales vs Republic of Ireland Betting Preview & Odds

Wales were favourites the last time they came up against the Republic of Ireland but were beaten 1-0 courtesy of a James McClean goal. Bookies agree that they’re preferred once again, though, with some firms already pricing them up as odds-on. A draw is 21/10 with Bet365, while an Ireland win can be backed at 7/2 with William Hill.

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Wales Key Player

It’s impossible to make a case for anyone other than Gareth Bale really, isn’t it? The Welsh talisman has well and truly emerged from Cristiano Ronaldo’s shadow at Real Madrid and has started the campaign in blistering form. Not always available during Wales’ failed World Cup qualification campaign, the ex-Southampton man can and likely will cause havoc for the Irish back line.

Republic of Ireland Key Player

Although currently plying his trade at Stoke City having been shipped out by West Brom during the close season, James McClean is very much a fans favourite among Ireland fans and has had a growing influence in recent years. The scorer of the only goal against Wales during their final World Cup qualification group match, could lightning strike twice in less than a year?

Wales vs Republic of Ireland Stats

  • Ireland lead the head-to-head against Wales, with their first encounter coming in 1960.
  • The Irish had to wait 30 years for their first victory against Wales however, which came during a friendly in 1990.
  • Amazingly, Wales haven’t beaten Ireland since 1992, despite meeting eight times since.
  • Six of their last seven encounters have ended with at least one team drawing a blank.

Read More: UEFA Nations League predictions and betting tips.


Wales vs Republic of Ireland Betting Tips

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