Republic of Ireland welcome Wales to the Aviva Stadium in a blockbuster Nations League B4 clash, as the hosts look to rescue their fading promotion hopes with a win.
Ireland enter this match sat five points behind group topping Wales knowing that victory could put them within two points of their visitors, whilst Wales can pull a gap on second-placed Finland with a win which could put them on the brink of promotion depending on results elsewhere and in Wednesday’s matches.
Aaron Connolly and Adam Idah are ruled out for Republic of Ireland as they self-isolate after the duo were withdrawn shortly before kick-off in Thursday’s Euro 2020 Play-off semi-final exit to Slovakia, having been deemed to have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for Coronavirus.
Sean Maguire and Daryl Hogan have therefore been called up to replace the pair for Ireland’s remaining two games of this international window.
Wales could be without Kieffer Moore after the Cardiff striker suffered a toe injury in their 3-0 friendly loss to England on Thursday.
- Republic of Ireland have lost both of their two previous UEFA Nations League clashes against Wales, which came in 2018-19 tournament (L2).
- Wales have won five of ten previous trips to Republic of Ireland (W5, D1, L4).
- Ireland have lost just one of their last nine home matches in all competitions (W5, D3, L1).
- Wales are unbeaten in their last three competitive away trips in all competitions (W2, D1).
- Eight of Ireland’s last 11 home goals have come in the second half across six of their last seven home matches in all competitions.
Despite all of their attacking threat in Thursday’s defeat on penalties in Slovakia, Ireland can come here with high confidence given their recent home form and the fact that they managed a clean sheet on Thursday too, which will be a good morale boost.
Wales meanwhile were dominant against England in terms of possession on various occasions and especially at the start of each half, yet were wasteful in creativity and chances so Ryan Giggs’ men will certainly be looking to produce a more polished performance here with Tyler Roberts in particularly a huge influence who needs to find his clinical boot.
This should therefore be a fun encounter because Ireland can be just as dangerous as England were when they get their attacking chances yet Wales should be dominant on the ball, although if the visitors can sharpen up their creativity and chances then they should just about nick this.
Prediction: Republic of Ireland 1-2 Wales
Result: Republic of Ireland 0-0 Wales