Republic of Ireland vs Wales Betting Preview – 16/10/2018

Republic of Ireland vs Wales Betting Preview – 16/10/2018

Republic of Ireland vs Wales

There’s an all-home nations clash in the UEFA Nations League on Tuesday night, as the Republic of Ireland host Wales at the Aviva Stadium.

Ireland were in action on Saturday night in the same competition, having taken on a Christian Eriksen-less Denmark last time out. For that reason, some will have felt it was a missed opportunity for Martin O’Neill’s men who were held to a 0-0 draw at home to the side who eliminated them from World Cup qualifying.

Including the two-legged play-off, Ireland have since managed just one win in their last eight matches, though they are still the favourites to win here. SkyBet have the home side best-priced to win at 6/4, despite the fact they have just three of their last nine home matches.

There is a real lack of goals in this Ireland team at present, with Shane Long (17) and James McClean (10) accountable for 27 of the 37 international goals that have been scored in this side. Goals are not fancied in this contest, with Coral pricing under 2.5 goals at 4/9 in this match on Tuesday.

Ireland will also be looking to respond to what was a heavy loss in the previous round of fixtures in the Nations League, having been thrashed 4-1 by Wales last month away from home. Such a result should give Ryan Giggs’ side confidence, though they were well-beaten by the same scoreline on Friday night.

Wales were beaten 4-1 at the Principality Stadium by Spain, having fallen 3-0 down inside 30 minutes against the winners of the European Championship in two of the last three tournaments. However, they did so without talisman Gareth Bale, who will also be absent from this contest with a groin problem.

Bale’s absence is perhaps part of the reason why Wales are the outsiders in this match, currently being priced at 12/5 with Bet365 to win here. Wales have lost just two of their last nine games away from home and drew 0-0 with Ireland the last time the two teams met at the Aviva Stadium in 2017.

Sam Vokes led the line for Wales against Spain last time out and scored his country’s goal late on, proving to be nothing more than a consolation. Vokes should start once again here and is available at 13/5 to score anytime in this match, while midfielder Aaron Ramsey is 4/1 with Betway.

Wales have the chance to move back to the top of the group in this match after Denmark’s draw last time out, with a win here having the potential to set up a decisive meeting with the Danes in the next international break to decide the group winners.

Recommended bets:

Draw at 21/10 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Under 2.5 goals at 4/9 with Coral – BET HERE