Wales vs Rep. of Ireland Betting Preview – 06/09/18

Wales vs Rep. of Ireland Betting Preview – 06/09/18

Wales vs Rep. of Ireland

Wales host the Republic of Ireland this evening at the Cardiff City Stadium, looking to get their UEFA Nations League campaign off to the best possible start. Ryan Giggs’ men head into this match in poor form, having won just one of their previous six matches on home turf, so need a change of fortunes here if they’re to take anything from this clash.

You have to go all the way back to last September for Wales’ last home win – a slender 1-0 victory over Austria courtesy of a late Ben Woodburn goal. Since that win, two 1-0 defeats to the Republic of Ireland and Uruguay have sandwiched a disappointing 1-1 draw with minnows Panama, which sees the Dragon’s take little to no momentum into this fixture.

One thing that Wales do have over the opposition this evening is a world class footballer who is head and shoulders above anybody else on the pitch in terms of quality. Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale is expected to line up this evening which is obviously a huge boost for the hosts here. The 29-year-old has started the domestic season in good form, scoring three goals in his opening three La Liga matches for Los Blancos as he takes centre stage in Madrid’s attacking front three following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Just like every match he features in, we’re expecting Bale to shine this evening against an Irish defence who have looked far from sturdy in recent outings. Bale to open the scoring this evening is priced at 3/1 with Boylesport, and we think that could be a favourable selection here.

Republic of Ireland also take little momentum into this tie having registered just one win in their previous five games in all competitions. Martin O’Neil’s men came out on top on their most recent friendly match back in June, overcoming the United States 2-1 thanks to goals from Graham Burke and Alan Judge. However, before that game they had struggled massively for form, with three consecutive defeats to Denmark, Turkey and France rounding off a poor first half of 2018.

They’ll now be looking to build on that victory over the USA by making it back-to-back wins over Wales, having already beat Ryan Giggs’ men 1-0 back in October of last year. Despite being dominated possession-wise in that clash at the Cardiff City Stadium last Autumn, Ireland clinched a win by the finest of margins thanks to a second half goal from Stoke City wide man James McClean.

Unfortunately for the visitors, McClean will miss this match after suffering a broken arm in training this week. The 29-year-old will be a huge miss for The Boys in Green here; his delivery from wide areas and ability from set pieces are often to source of Ireland’s goals so without him they’ll be a much weaker outfit.

That’s not the only concern for the travellers however, as Robbie Brady, James McCarthy, Shane Long, Sean Maguire, Scott Hogan and Alan Browne are all also missing through injury, while Cardiff City’s Harry Arter has withdrawn from the squad amidst rumours of a training ground bust up with assistant manager Roy Keane.

West Ham’s Declan Rice is also unavailable for selection; he’s been given time to think about his international future, after admitting he is thinking of switching allegiance to England. One plus however is the fact captain Seamus Coleman is back in action after his 18-month spell on the sidelines following a horrific double-leg break he suffered against Wales in Dublin.

With so little attacking options, it’s expected that O’Neil will start Burnley’s Jon Walters for this match; the 34-year-old front man has seen first team chances limited at Turf Moor since his arrival to the club, which has resulted in him joining Championship side Ipswich Town on loan until January. With this considered, we’re struggling to see past a home victory in this one – 2-0.

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Recommended bets:

Gareth Bale to score first at 3/1 with Boylesport – BET HERE

Correct score: 2-0 Wales at 8/1 with William Hill – BET HERE

Check out our Wales vs Rep. of Ireland quiz HERE!