Preview - Wales vs Ireland 07 September 18

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Sep 06, 2018, 02:52 AM Last Edit: Sep 06, 2018, 02:56 AM by Harry85
Uefa Nations League Group B
Wales vs Ireland
Friday, September 7th, 2018
03:45am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium:  Cardiff City Stadium

Last five matches form: L D W L D
Average goals per match (last ten games) :  1.20
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 0.60
Top Scorer: Gareth Bale (29)

Last five matches form: D L L L W
Average goals per match (last ten games): 0.80
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.20
Top Scorer: Jonathan Walters (14)

Something new and a little different for football fans as the latest innovation in the international game gets underway. Designed to partly replace the often meaningless international friendly matches, the Uefa Nations League kicks off this week. One of the most interesting of the opening slate of fixtures is this clash at the Cardiff City Stadium.

Wales are winless in their past six games against the Republic of Irleland which have featured three draws and three wins for the Irish. Drawn together in the same World Cup Qualifying Group, neither side made it to the finals in the end. Ireland did win here though, coming out on top 1-0.

The one truly World class star on show belongs to Wales in the form of Real Madrid man Gareth Bale. Having begun the season with a bang in La Liga, will he be able to carry his form onto the international stage?

A tough game to call overall. Home advantage and the Bale factor are in Wales favour. The home side look far from watertight at the back though - recent goals against figures aren't bad, but the league form of Ashley Williams in particular must be a concern. - and whilst Ireland are far from prolific going forward, we do see them getting on the scoresheet here. We will take Wales to win, but only just.

Prediction: Wales 2 - 1 Ireland


Half time: 3 - 0
Full time: 4 - 1
Shots:  13 - 5
Shots on target: 8 - 3
Corner Kicks: 4 - 3
Possession: 64% - 36%

Just the one booking in this one with referee Clement Turpin taking the name of the Republic of Ireland's Ciaran Clark.

A most impressive display from Wales this. With Gareth Bale pulling the strings the Red Dragon's played some lovely football at times and scored a couple of wonderful goals. Ireland quite simply couldn't live with their hosts and were blown away in the first half.

The opener came as early as the sixth minute. Defence splitting pass from Joe Allen to play in Tom Lawrence in the right side of the area. The angle was starting to look a little tight, but Lawrence opted for power to smash past Darren Randolph at his near post.

Twelve minutes later Bale added a second. Taking down a long ball from Ben Davies on his chest in the right channel, the Real Madrid man cut inside two defenders before unleashing a tremendous curling effort into the top left corner from around twenty yards.

Eight minutes before the break this one was well and truly over. Ethan Ampadu playing in Aaron Ramsey in the right of the area. Ramsey letting the ball travel across his body before beating Randolph low into the right corner. 3-0 at the break.

Bales was a fine strike, but possibly the goal of the game was that scored by Connor Roberts in the 55th minute. A wonderful passing move from right to left and then back right again ended with Roberts teeing himself up on the edge of the eighteen yard box before volleying into the bottom right corner.

Ireland did get a consolation in the 66th minute. Shaun Williams dispossessing Ramsey on the edge of the area before dinking over the advancing Wayne Hennessey. 4-1 final score.

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