Republic of Ireland v Wales Betting Predictions - Backing an away win both teams to score at 13/2 on BetfairPublished March 23, 2017
Republic of Ireland face Wales in a huge World Cup qualification game at the Aviva Stadium, and it is a really tough game to call. Martin O’Neill’s side are on a three-match winning streak, while their visitors are unbeaten since losing in the semi finals of Euro 2016, but have drawn their last three.
The man of the moment for Ireland is most definitely James McClean. The West Brom winger has scored three goals in his last two international games, including a crucial winner in Austria. They are four points ahead of their opponents in Group D, and two points ahead of Serbia at the top of the table.
As the home team, they will look to press early on, especially if Wales play three at the back. Chris Coleman has resorted to four in defence during this campaign, but that sacrifices a man in midfield, making it easier for opponents to contain them.
Obviously Gareth Bale’s return to fitness will be a huge boost for Wales. The Real Madrid man was missing earlier in the season because of an ankle injury, and without a player of his quality, anyone would struggle. If their performance at Euro 2016 said anything about Wales, it is that Bale sets the tone for performances. His presence will lift his teammates on what is a huge night in Dublin.
A fully fit Bale is decisive for Wales, and while we can expect an exciting game with lots of action at both ends, he will be the man to defy the form book and hand Wales the initiative in the group. An Ireland win could be extremely damaging for the Dragons’ hopes of building on last summer’s success, though.