Preview - Republic of Ireland vs Wales 17 October 18

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Uefa Nations League B Group 4
Republic of Ireland vs Wales
Wednesday, September 17th, 2018
03:45am (GMT +8 Timing)
Stadium: Aviva Stadium

Republic of Ireland:
Last five matches form: L W L D D
Average goals per match (last ten games): 0.80
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.40
Top Scorer: Shane Long (17)

Last five matches form: L D W L L
Average goals per match (last ten games): 1.30
Average goals against per match (last ten games): 1.20
Top Scorer: Aaron Ramsey (14)

The UEFA Nations league continues this week with this clash as Wales make the short journey over to the Republic of Ireland.

This will be the second game in the competition between the two sides, with Wales putting in a most impressive performance in the first game when running out comfortable 4-1 winners. Things haven't been quite so good since - although on FIFA rankings defeats away to Denmark and at home to Spain were pretty predictable. Ryan Giggs will be hoping his side can return to winning ways here. If they are do so, they must do it without star player - and big influence in the first game between the sides - Gareth Bale, who sits this one out.

Ireland will probably be satisfied overall with the manner in which they have recovered from that hammering by todays opponents, with a 1-1 draw away in Poland and a stalemate at home to Denmark certainly being much better from a defensive perspective.

Even without Bale, Wales probably do have the greater attacking threat of the sides, with the Irish having no one to match the creativity of Aaron Ramsey. We would expect the Irish to make their presence felt at set plays though and with home advantage in their favour see Martin O'Neill's men picking up a draw.

Prediction: Republic of Ireland 1 - 1 Wales


Half time: 0 - 0
Full time: 0 - 1
Shots:  9 - 8
Shots on target: 5 - 3
Corner Kicks: 6 - 4
Possession: 45% - 55%

Kevin Long, James McClean and Shane Long were all booked for the home side, with referee Bjorn Kuipers also taking the name of Ben Davies of Wales.

Not much to choose between the sides on the stats here, with Wales slightly edging possession but Ireland coming out just on top in the shot count.

Ireland really should have taken the lead early on when the Welsh defence managed to get themselves into a right tangle when attempting to play the ball out of defence. The ball eventually being coughed up to Cyrus Christie just inside the area with only the keeper to beat. Christie went for the bottom right corner but Wayne Hennessey got across to palm the ball around the post and spare his sides blushes. Not much else of note in the opening period as we headed into the break goalless.

It was Wales who broke the deadlock in the 58th minute. Harry Wilson lining up  free kick 20+yards from goal slightly to the right of centre, and sending his effort over the wall into the top left past a motionless Darren Rudolph.

James Chester probably should have doubled his side's advantage when getting on the end of a corner from the right only to send his header wide.

Credit to Ireland they did continue to push forward right until the end, leading to the game becoming very stretched at times. It was Wales who had the better of the remaining opportunities though. David Brooks being thwarted by Randolph right at the death when clean through on goal. 0-1 final score.

A good win for Wales who will now win the section if they can beat Denmark at home in their final game.

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