International Preview: Wales v Republic Of Ireland

Oct 10, 2017, 00:29
International Preview: Wales v Republic Of Ireland

Wales and the Republic of Ireland will battle it out at the World Cup qualifiers tonight.

A win for either team will guarantee a November play-off at their opponents' expense and could yield an automatic qualifying spot if Group D leaders Serbia falter in their last game at home to Georgia.

If the doughty Georgians pull off a shock of Buster Douglas proportions in Serbia, then a win in Cardiff will allow Ireland to leapfrog the lot and progress to Russian Federation as group winners.

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North End have three players involved in tonight's World Cup qualifer between Wales and Republic of Ireland. "I don't know about revenge, but certainly the view among the players is that if Russian Federation was available to us and we could make it there, thoughts about Seamus would be very much in the forefront of our minds", he said. At other times the game was played with the ferocious pace of a derby encounter rather than a normal worldwide.

Wales dominated Ireland throughout, keeping possession, putting Ireland on the back foot but always lacked a killer instinct.

"I will really have to think about it and replay the game again". Taylor's straight red for his tackle on Coleman in Wales' 0-0 draw with Ireland in March could, therefore, be said to be the difference.

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The 28-year-old said: "It's a sticky one because in the press, you're talking about the Wales game and everybody expects us to walk over Moldova". If Wales draw and Serbia lose to Georgia by two goals or more Wales will qualify as group winners. The midfielder powered down the touchline and pulled the ball back to James McClean before the left winger connected beautifully after a Harry Arter dummy to fire Ireland into the lead and a potential play-off spot. We'll go and attack, go and score goals.

We'll get up tomorrow, start watching the Wales game and prepare for Monday.

"But if we keep doing what we've been doing, that will give us a great chance of having a good night on Monday". That's the trouble with trying to predict this tightest of World Cup qualifying groups.

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Wales are now in second and a draw could see them overtake Serbia, should they lose by two - but no matter what the Welsh need to avoid defeat.

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