Republic of Ireland vs Wales Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview

Republic of Ireland vs Wales predictions and football betting tips for this week’s World Cup 2018 qualifying match at 7.45pm on Friday 24th March.

 

There is a huge game in Group D of the European section of World Cup qualifying on Friday as Wales travel to early group leaders Republic of Ireland for a crucial match. Here are some tips and predictions for the game live on Sky Sports.

 

Republic of Ireland come into this match unbeaten since the European Championships last summer and that has included three wins in as many matches in their last three qualifiers. This has left them top of the Group D standings at the moment and has given them a real chance of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia next year. They come into this match suffering a minor injury crisis as several first time regulars have had to withdraw from the squad through injury. Would Martin O’Neil take a point on Friday? I think so.

 

Wales also come into this match unbeaten since the European Championships however they have had three draws in their four qualifying games so far and this has left them trailing the group leaders by four points. Chris Coleman has said that this is a must win game considering the position that they are in at the moment and they know that a defeat here would almost definitely rule out the possibility of finishing top of Group D. Chris Coleman masterminded an incredible Euro 2016 journey for the Wales team and now he must try and mastermind a victory at the Aviva Stadium on Friday.

 

Republic of Ireland vs Wales Predictions

My first Republic of Ireland vs Wales prediction is going to be for both teams to score. Wales know that they have to get a result in this game and I expect them to at least grab a goal. They have scored in all four of their qualifiers so far as have the Republic of Ireland so both these sides know how to find the net. Betfair are offering 6/5 for both teams to score and this is a cracking price and could be one to add in your accumulators.

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My second Republic of Ireland vs Wales betting tip is going to be for Gareth Bale to score at any time. He will be the best player on the pitch by far on Friday night and seems to love the responsibility of being the Welsh talisman. He has scored in three of his last four games for his country and does take a lot of the set-pieces which is also an advantage when looking for an anytime goal scorer. He is 19/10 to score at any time with Bet Victor.

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My third and final Rep of Ireland vs Wales prediction for this World Cup 2018 qualifier is going to be for both teams to score and for the match to end in a draw. I have already said that I expect both teams to score and I can’t pick a winner here. Wales have drawn their last three games (with both teams scoring as well) and I think Martin O’Neil would take a point with the injuries they have at the moment. The best odds for this to happen are 7/2 with Ladbrokes.

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Republic of Ireland vs Wales Team News

As mentioned earlier, the Republic of Ireland are without several squad regulars such as Harry Arter, Wes Hoolahan and Shane Duffy. They are also monitoring the fitness of midfielder James McCarthy as he is struggling with a knock at the moment. Wales have Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey available after their recent injuries at club level and Hal Robson-Kanu scored against Arsenal last weekend for West Brom and will be hoping to score again here.

 

Republic of Ireland vs Wales Head to Head

These sides last met in a friendly back in 2013 when the game finished goal-less. Republic of Ireland have won the last two matches that they have played at home against Wales and in both these games, Wales had failed to get on the scoresheet.

 

Republic of Ireland vs Wales Betting Odds

The home side are favourites for this match and are 6/4 at William Hill. The draw is 11/5 at Betfair and a Wales victory is best priced 12/5 at Bet Victor. I mentioned Hal Robson-Kanu earlier and he is 9/1 to open the scoring with most bookies and 7/2 to score at any time with Bet365. Finally, Wales have drawn their last two matches 1-1 and a repeat of that score line is 11/2 at Betfair.

 

Republic of Ireland vs Wales Betting Tips

Both teams to score – 6/5 at Betfair.

Gareth Bale to score anytime – 19/10 at Bet Victor.

Both teams to score & Draw – 7/2 at Ladbrokes.

 

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