Ireland vs Wales Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification
Ireland will be looking to make the most of home advantage in this clash with Wales on Friday night. This is UEFA Group D World Cup 2018 qualification action and Ireland will be looking to hold on to top spot in the group having made a positive start to reach Russia next summer. They hold a four point advantage over third placed Wales going into this one, with Serbia sandwiching them. So a home win for Ireland would see them really solidify a top two spot, while Wales really need the three points to haul themselves into contention.
But this is not an easy game for Wales who don’t have great head to head form running against the Irish. Wales have failed to win any of their last six games against Ireland now and they have suffered back to back losses in Ireland against the men in green. So this is going to be a tough game for the Dragons, who have gone W1 D3 in their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign so far. The Welsh start Friday night’s action in third place in their qualification group, four points behind leaders Ireland, with Serbia also two points ahead of the Welsh.
So Wales have ground to make up and with Serbia having an easy looking game against Georgia in this round of matches, if Wales suffer a defeat in this one, their qualification hopes for Russia next summer would look in disarray. But with a D1 L3 record in their last four against Ireland, it’s a tough game for Wales who won their opening game against Moldova, but have drawn their three qualification games since then. Their only away game in the group so far saw them take a 2-2 draw out in Austria. There is clearly some resilience there for Wales, but they haven’t beaten Ireland since back in 2007.
The Welsh are going to need big games from Gareth Bale who is 11/8 outright favourite in the Bet365 anytime goalscorer market for them and Aaron Ramsey who is a 15/4 option. Really this boils down to being a must-win game for the Welsh. But that is not going to be easy because the men in green are in good form. Ireland have posted a W3 D1 record in their four qualification games so far and are in control at the top of the group. Two of their three wins in the group have been by a 1-0 score and and an Ireland 1-0 correct score bet at Bet365 is a price of 5/1. Ireland have won their last two at home against Wales, one of those being a 1-0 victory back in 1992.
The Irish have collected a clean sheet in three of their last four against Wales and an Ireland to win to nil wager at Bet365 which is a price of 5/2. The overall head to head history between Ireland and Wales is split evenly with five wins each and three draws. The thing which may tip the balance is the scoring output, because Ireland have averaged over two goals per game (11 goals) in their last five games played and three points in this one would set them up so well for qualification for next summer’s finals. Will they let this chance to really consolidate their spot at the top, slip through their fingers.
Martin O’Neill’s Ireland have averaged over two goals per game in their last five played so they are running in good form at the moment. Ireland have lost just one of their last nine games on home soil, look well poised to take qualification for Russia next summer by the scruff of the neck. A draw isn’t a bad result for Ireland, while the impetus is on Wales to come out and look for the win, because the Dragons desperately need to close the gap on both Ireland and Serbia. There is a decent chance that second-placed Serbia will beat Georgia on Friday in the group as well, so they will put pressure on both.
Ireland vs Wales Odds
Ireland 7/5, Draw 2/1, Ireland 11/5
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Ireland vs Wales Betting Tips
Ireland Home Win: Wales would slip not only seven points behind Ireland, but if Serbia beat Georgia on the night, then the Welsh would be five points back of them as well. So this is a must-win game for Wales, but it is Ireland who are really carrying the form at the moment and on home soil, they are going to be hard to knock down.