Wales vs Ireland Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

7th October 2017 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

This is going to be one of the big highlights of the final round of World Cup 2018 qualification matches. Wales and Ireland each have a chance to claim top spot and therefore, of course, automatic qualification if someone can pick up a win and group leaders Serbia happen to slip up. By the same token, both will know that one of them won’t be finishing in the top two. A draw would be enough for Wales in Cardiff to see them hold on to second place. Can the Irish come to town and do enough to break the resilience of the Dragons?

Wales vs Ireland Odds

Wales even money, Draw 9/4, Ireland 9/4

Wales vs Ireland Betting Tips

What an occasion Monday night will be. Who will be joining Serbia in a top two finish? Actually now because leaders Serbia lost against Austria on Friday night, there’s a chance for the winner of this fixture to actually top the group and earn automatic qualification. But more realistically this is a fight for runners up spot as Serbia will probably win their final game at home against Georgia. So to Wales v Ireland. The Welsh won 1-0 out in Georgia on Friday to stay on track for second place and that leaves them a point behind leaders Serbia and two clear of Ireland. So that means the Welsh could dig in for a draw and book the second place. But there is the question of whether or not that would be enough to finish as one of the best eight runners up from the group stage.

The occasion is going to be intense and at some point, the Welsh are going to know that Ireland are going to come hard at them. But neither pack too much of a punch as an offensive unit and therefore under 2.5 goals at bet365 is a good option at 8/15. Wales have had a good campaign at home for the large part, staying unbeaten in a W2 D2 record, with wins over Austria and Moldova. They played out a 0-0 draw when they want to Ireland earlier in the campaign and in the bet365 correct score market a repeat 0-0 outcome is a price of 7/1. Wales are having to do this without the injured Gareth Bale, who will likely be out of the play offs as well if the Welsh get there.

But there have been some surprising heroes lately for Wales with Ben Woodburn getting a vital winner over Austria in their last home fixture, while Tom Lawrence got his first goal for Wales against Georgia on Friday. Wales’ Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes trading as joint 9/4 favourites in the bet365 anytime goalscorer market, while Ireland’s Daryl Murphy who scored a brace against Moldova on Friday, is a price of 3/1. A draw isn’t good enough for Ireland here so they are going to have better away at the Welsh defence and throw a little more caution to the win.

Ireland have scored two goals less than Wales have in the campaign though but they have remained unbeaten out on the road. The Irish have a W2 D2 record and in that sequence, they have conceded in three of their four. Both teams not to score at bet365 in this is a price of 4/6. Three of the last four between Wales and Ireland have been drawn with Ireland going unbeaten in their last five against the Welsh (W2 D3). The Welsh may just have enough strength to hang in there for a draw which gets them second place.

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