Republic Ireland v Wales Preview

March 23, 2017 | By

Bet365 - £200 Matched Bonus Bets for New Customers Registering an AccountFIFA World Cup 2018 Qualification, Group D action on Friday night comes from the Aviva Stadium, and features Republic Ireland versus Wales.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 19:45pm (GMT) Kick Off Time.

Republic Ireland v Wales Preview, World Cup 2018 Qualification, 24th March 2016

Republic Ireland have had a great start to their 2018 qualification to the world cup as after four matches played they currently lead the way at the top of their group d table on 10pts having won three and drawn one and with home advantage in this game against Wales on Friday night, the hosts will be confident about keeping their good run going.

Wales head into this game having had a reasonable start to their 2018 qualification to the world cup having won one and drawn three of their opening four matches played, however they are 4pts behind their hosts and if they were to lose this game on Friday night then it would make qualification all the more difficult.

Wales will really need to be on their game for this one if they are to keep alive their hopes of making it to Russia next year and with the nation having enjoyed an excellent european championships, they will certainly believe they can do what is required.

Republic Ireland Team News:

Daryl Murphy, Shane Duffy, Wes Hoolahan, Ciaran Clark and Harry Arter have all withdrawn during the latest set of international fixtures, giving the former Leicester and Aston Villa boss a slight selection headache.

Robbie Brady will miss Friday’s game at the Aviva Stadium through suspension, although some good news for the Republic of Ireland is that James McCarthy looks set to be available after a hamstring worry.

Wales Team News:

For Wales, Gareth Bale is expected to start after overcoming his own injury problems in recent months with plenty of attention on how the hosts will stop the Real Madrid forward.

17-year-old Ben Woodburn has also been called up to the Wales squad for the first time and could be in line to make his debut on Friday, just four months after his first senior appearance for Liverpool.

Republic Ireland v Wales Head to Head Statistics:

Friday night’s game from the Aviva Stadium will become the 10th meeting between the two nations over the years and as we can see below from our head to head statistics table below we see that Republic Ireland have a clear advantage having won twice, compared to Wales who have failed to win any with the remaining three matches having finished all square.

14/08/13 FRI Wales – Republic Ireland
0 : 0
08/02/11 NAC Republic Ireland – Wales 3 : 0
17/11/07 WCQ Wales – Republic Ireland
2 : 2
24/03/07 ECQ Republic Ireland – Wales 1 : 0
10/02/97 FRI Wales – Republic Ireland
0 : 0

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

16 Goals have been scored in the previous 9 meetings between the two nations and this provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 1.78.

9 of those Goals have been scored in the 5 previous matches played between the two nations at the Aviva Stadium and this generates us an average goals per game statistic of 1.80.

Based on both sets of data shown above, it would seem to suggest that this game should not see too many goals scored on Friday night and the betting market Total Match Goals Under 2.5 Goals looks a good choice here.

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Republic Ireland v Wales Recent Form (Left to Right)

Republic Ireland: W D W W W

Wales: L W D D D

Republic Ireland into this game with a clear advantage on the recent form statistics having managed to win four and draw one of their previous five matches played, compared to Wales who have won one, drawn three and lost one of their previous five matches played.

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Republic Ireland v Wales Match Betting Odds Market

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Republic Ireland v Wales Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

If we take a look at the recent head to head statistics and the recent form of both countries then it does seem to suggest that the Republic Ireland should win this game on Friday night as they have been by far the better team.

Wales have not managed to beat Republic Ireland in any of their last 9 attempts and that has to be a worrying factor for the visitors, especially having drawn their last three games in the group !

I can certainly see this game ending up in a draw at full time as there has been three draws between the two nations in the past five meetings, so I will definitely be getting something on the draw here as my main cover bet for this match.

However, with the form that Republic of Irleand are in at the moment and the fact that they have the all important home advantage, it would surprise me if they failed to win this game as with Serbia expected to beat Georgia, Republic Ireland could see Serbia go above them in the group if they fail to win this one.

Onto some predictions then and my Banker Free Tip will be for Republic Ireland toWin as with a good record against Wales over the years and having started their qualification well in the group, I think they will prove that little bit stronger than Wales come Friday night.

My First Goalscorer Free Tip will be for Shane Long to Score the 1st Goal in this match as he will most definitely start this game due to the injuries to the Republic Irleand squad.

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