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Republic of Ireland vs Wales betting tips: UEFA Nations League match preview & predictions

Republic of Ireland vs Wales prediction: Republic of Ireland 0-2 Wales

A massive Nations League clash in Dublin.

This’ll be their fourth competitive meeting in the last 19th months and they are always eventful games.

12 months ago, Ireland ended Wales’ hopes of making it to Russia 2018.

However, Wales got revenge hamming O’Neil’s side in Cardiff last month.

Who’ll come out on top this time?

Republic of Ireland vs Wales: Who will win?

As the home side, Ireland are slight favourites at 8/5.

Wales are 2/1 to win in Dublin for the first time since 1992.

A draw, which suits neither really, is 19/10.

Under 2.5 goals is 1/2 with both teams to score priced at evens.

A repeat of March’s goalless draw in Dublin is 5/1.

Gareth Bale: Wales' all-time top goal scorer

CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 02: Gareth Bale of Wales shoots during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Austria at Cardiff City Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Shane Long will lead the line for Ireland. The Southampton forward is 6/1 to score first and 12/5 to net anytime.

Republic of Ireland vs Wales: Match preview

Ireland were all over the place the last time these two sides met.

They went down 4-1 at the Cardiff City Stadium, with Shaun Williams’ first international goal a mere consolation.

However, they looked much better a few days later in a friendly in Wrocław.

They held Poland to a 1-1 draw; something to build on for sure.

That performance led to Martin O’Neil sticking with a back 3 for their crucial showdown with Denmark on Saturday night.

It was a very uneventful 0-0 draw; a clean sheet is a massive positive.

The home side felt aggrieved that they didn’t get a late penalty when  Henrik Dalsgaard appeared to shove Shane Duffy in the box.

Nothing was given and Ireland stay rooted to the bottom of Group D4.

Can they climb out of the relegation position in this one?

CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 06: Aaron Ramsey of Wales celebrates after scoring his team’s third goal during the UEFA Nations League B group four match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium on September 6, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Can Wales return to winning ways?

The bubble has burst a bit for Giggs.

Tom Lawrence, Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts were all on target as they hammered Ireland 4-1 in his first competitive match in charge.

However, they couldn’t back it up.

Christian Eriksen scored twice as they went down 2-0 to Denmark at Aarhus Idrætspark.

They warmed up for this one with a friendly at home to Spain on Thursday night.

It was their first match at the Principality Stadium for 6 years.

Also, a presentation was made to Gareth Bale prior to kick off; he became his countries all time top scorer in the China Cup in Nánníng earlier this year.

However, the visitors spoiled the party.

It finished 4-1 to the 2010 World Champions with Sam Vokes’ late header nothing more than a consolation.

Still their UEFA Nations League destiny is in their own hands.

A win in Dublin, followed by a win at home to Denmark next month, and they’ll be promoted.

It’ll be a hard fought battle but will their quality tell?

Republic of Ireland team news vs Wales

Seamus Coleman

DUBLIN, IRELAND – OCTOBER 06: Seamus Coleman of Ireland in action during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D Qualifier between Republic of Ireland Georgia at the Aviva Stadium on October 6, 2016 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

There are a number of absentees for O’Neil to contend with,

Séamus Coleman, Stephen Ward, Glenn Whelan, Robbie Brady and Jon Walters are all unavailable due to injury.

Likewise, Declan Rice is still contemplating his international future.

First choice goalkeeper, Darren Randolph has kept 8 clean sheets in 12 games for Middlesborough this season and, will start a 23rd consecutive competitive match for his country.

After it was somewhat successful on Saturday, they’re set to deploy a back 3 once again.

The three centre-backs will remain the same and Matt Doherty will once again be crucial at right wing-back.

They did improve in the second half when Enda Stevens came on and into left wing back.

That freed up James McClean to take up a more attacking role.

In behind, Shane Long, who has been out with injury recently but should be fit to start again.

Preston’s Callum Robinson looked lively when he came on and could be vital off the bench again.

Wales team news vs Republic of Ireland

DUBLIN, IRELAND – MARCH 24: Gareth Bale of Wales discusses a missed chance with Chris Gunter of Wales after the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on March 24, 2017 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)

For Wales, it might all be about two man who have been ruled out.

Wayne Hennessey has been a consistent performer in the Crystal Palace goal this season and is now just 13 caps away from being his countries most capped player of all time.

Giggs’ picked 4 full backs on Thursday but only Chris Gunter is expected to drop out here.

Ben Davies may have to cover at centre-back with Chris Mepham injured and Ashley Williams massively out of form.

Ethan Ampadu, who burst onto the scene in the reverse game, is also out.

Thus, Premier League winner Andy King may well make his first competitive start since the home defeat to Ireland 372 days ago.

Republic of Ireland will be buoyed by the news that Wales will be without both Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey.

The Real Madrid Galáctico was left out of the squad for Thursday’s game in an attempt to get him fit for this one.

However, on Sunday he was sent back to Spain so will not participate in this match.

On Monday, Aaron Ramsey was pulled out the Wales squad for “family reasons” – his wife is set to give birth to twins.

One of Harry Wilson and Ben Woodburn are likely to come in for Ramsey, we suspect it will be Wilson after some fine performances for Derby this season.

Sam Vokes has big shoes to fill.

Nevertheless, Wales showed in Cardiff they have an abundance of quality and they should, just, have enough to claim the three points.

Predicted Republic of Ireland team vs Wales

Predicted Wales team vs Republic of Ireland

The latest tweets from Republic of Ireland pre Wales

The latest tweets from Wales pre Republic of Ireland

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