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Wales v Republic of Ireland: Predicted line-ups for crucial World Cup match

Wales v Republic of Ireland

Wales v Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium is an enormous game for both sides.

It may not be too far wrong to call it the biggest football match in the careers of many of the players appearing on both sides.

Serbia look to be holding all the cards in Group D. They host Georgia at the same time as Wales v Republic of Ireland.

Considering Georgia are second bottom, Serbia are strong favourites to win.

Nevertheless, both Wales and Republic of Ireland have a chance of finishing top of Group D, as can be seen below.

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The Group D standings ahead of Wales v Republic of Ireland

The Group D standings ahead of Wales v Republic of Ireland

The Group D standings ahead of Wales v Republic of Ireland

Wales v Republic of Ireland: The battle for a play-off spot

With Serbia expected to win, it essentially comes down to a battle between Wales and Republic of Ireland for second in Group D.

Wales hold a one point advantage and better goal difference.

In March, these two sides drew 0-0 in a game that became infamous for Seamus Coleman’s horrific leg break.

The same result would send Wales into the play-offs tonight (presuming Serbia beat Georgia). The pressure is very much on Republic of Ireland.

Wales v Republic of Ireland team news

Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale again misses out for Wales due to a calf injury.

Wales won 1-0 in Georgia on Friday night without their talisman and goal scorer Tom Lawrence is expected to keep his place.

James McClean and Robbie Brady missed Republic of Ireland’s 2-0 win over Moldova on Friday night due to suspension. They are both expected to play this evening.

Back Wales at 25/1 or Republic of Ireland at 50/1 to win the crucial World Cup qualifier.

Wales predicted line-up v Republic of Ireland

Wales predicted line-up v Republic of Ireland

Wales predicted line-up v Republic of Ireland

Republic of Ireland predicted line-up v Wales

Republic of Ireland predicted line-up v Wales

Republic of Ireland predicted line-up v Wales

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