Republic of Ireland vs Wales – The Republic of Ireland will be hosting Wales in a Group D World Cup qualifying match at Aviva Stadium in Dublin this Friday, March 24th. Ireland leads the group with 10 points, followed by Serbia with eight, Wales with six, Austria at four, Georgia with two points and Moldova in last place with one. Ireland’s last outing was a 1-0 win in Austria in November while Wales drew 1-1 at home against Serbia in their last match.
Republic of Ireland vs Wales – bet365 Soccer Betting Line:
- bet365 currently lists Ireland as the favorites to win the game at 7/5 with Wales 9/4 and a draw at 2/1
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Republic of Ireland vs Wales – Head to Head:
- Wales has met the Republic of Ireland 13 times in the past with each team winning five times, losing five and drawing the other three. Before Ireland became a republic, they met 62 times with Wales winning 29, losing 21 and drawing the other 12. There last meeting was a 0-0 draw in Wales in August of 2013. Wales is winless in the last six encounters with three losses and three draws. Wales has just one win in the last nine meetings along with three draws and five defeats. The win was 1-0 away back in 1992.
Republic of Ireland – A Closer Look:
The Republic of Ireland enters the game with four wins a loss and a draw in their last six matches and is currently ranked number 24 in the world by FIFA. They have three wins in a row and are unbeaten in the past five with three clean sheets. They lead Group D with three wins and a draw with seven goals scored and three allowed. James McClean has been leading the way offensively for the Irish with three goals so far in the qualifying campaign.
Ireland has beaten Moldova, Georgia and Austria so far with a draw against Serbia. Ireland has lost just once in their past 15 home games and are unbeaten in nine with the last loss coming in September of 2013 However, they’ll be missing several regulars for this game due to injury. These include Shane Duffy, Ciaran Clark, Harry Arter, Wes Hoolahan, Rob Elliot, Daryl Murphy, Paul McShane, David McGoldrick and Liam Kelly while Robbie Brady is suspended.
Wales – A Closer Look:
Wales enters the game with two wins a loss and three draws in their past six games and is currently ranked tied for number 12 in the world by FIFA. Their last three games have all been draws and they have one clean sheet in them and have failed to score on one occasion. The Welsh enter the game undefeated in their World Cup campaign with a win and three draws and are in third place in Group D.
They’ve managed to score in all four of their qualifying matches up to now with eight goals four and four against and feature one of the best players in the world in Gareth Bale. In the first four qualifiers, Bale has found the back of the net four times and has scored in three of the games. The Welsh have won just once on their past seven trips away from home and need to improve on that stat if they hope to reach the World Cup. As far as injuries go, Wales appears to be pretty healthy.
Republic of Ireland vs Wales – Takeaway:
Needless to say, every point is crucial in a World Cup qualifying clash since all games are six-pointers. Injury-plagued Ireland might still have a good shot at qualifying with a draw here, but Wales needs three points before the campaign continues in June.