Ireland – Wales/ League of Nations – Two great rivals, Ireland and Wales, will meet in Dublin in the fourth round of the League of Nations. The Welsh won the Irish by even 4-1 in the first round, but were defeated after that in Denmark 2-0. On the other hand, three days ago Ireland drew at home with Denmark 0-0 so everything is still possible in regard to battle for the first place in this group.
Ireland – Wales begins 16.10.2018 at 20:45 CET
The Irish are in the most precarious position in their group as they won just one point but if they win the Welsh at home they would be able to directly decide in the last match of the League B Group 4 with the Danes who will win the group. Right because of that we are certain that they will lack not motive, especially as they lost away to Wales by even 4-1 last month.
To win all three points from this match the Irish must show a lot more decisiveness than in previous two League of Nations matches and we expect from manager O’Neill to set up far more offensive tactic than before. Regarding problems with absences, still out of action are injured defender Coleman and midfielder Brady, while unlike match with the Danes we expect that Hourinhane gets advantage over Keogh now against the Welsh.
Probable lineups Ireland: Randolph – Doherty, Duffy,Long,Christie –Hourihane, Arter – O'Dowda, Hendrick, McClean– Long
After sound home victory of 4-1 against the Irish the guests from Wales lost the second match in the League of Nations to Denmark despite playing practically with the same team. Right now Wales has three points and since they were free three days ago in this competition they used chance to test the team. Their opponents in the friendly were the Spaniards and the Welsh didn’t make a name for themselves despite playing in front of their fans in Cardiff as they lost by even 4-1.
it is natural that two consecutive defeats worry manager Giggs ahead of match with the Irish, especially as he cannot count for this match on the team’s best player Bale, who is injured, while not fully ready stopper Mepham is questionable. True, Giggis has adequate replacement for him but Bale cannot be substituted easily. His absence is definitely the biggest possible handicap for the Welsh before match in Dublin.
Probable lineups Wales: Hennessey – Roberts, Williams, Chester, Davies – Ampadu, Allen – Lawrence, Ramsey, Brooks – Vokes
Ireland – Wales PICK
Of course that Bale’s absence significantly lowers chances of the Welsh in this match, while the home team has an additional motive to revenge to their rivals for recent defeat of even 4-1 suffered in Cardiff.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Ireland
Odds: 1.75 at betvictor (down to 1.70 can be played)
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