Wales – Ireland: 11th October 2017
Wales is ranked No. 2 and ranks 5th out of 8 among the best second places in the group. Besides, the Welsh are the only nation on the second place in their group but without losing any match yet! Chris Coleman’s team has 4 wins and 5 draws in 9 stages, bringing 17 points. Ireland, coming after a home win, is in third place in the group and reached a goal of 11-6. Only one point separates the two countries from the hierarchy!
The Welsh, who have Gareth Bale injured and unavailable, won hard in Georgia at the start of the weekend, scoring 1-0. Tom Lawrence’s superb goal made the difference on the table, and the white-reds then defended their specimen in front of a limited team. Ireland scored twice in the first quarter of an hour against Moldova (2-0) and then was pleased to keep the score on the table, losing many other opportunities for breaking away. In general, both teams will tackle the match with a good tone and it’s hard to pick a winner here.
The last two direct duels were 0-0
The hosts would like to score an equal score, because this would guarantee the second place in the group, but surely the revelation from the Euro will look for a decisive goal for attacking the 1st place. Ireland does not have many options: it will play a 4 -3-3 offensive, because it depends on the victory, and the match will open in the second half, depending on the score.
The last two direct matches ended with the same score, 0-0, and 4 of the last 6 games were drawn. Ireland has only one defeat in the last 6 games and Wales none, so we expect a good match from both combatants. Wales has not yet defeated Ireland in an official game! It is noteworthy that both selectors, Coleman and O’Neill, are well-versed in preserving the results and the organized rivalry of the rivals on Tuesday could bring the draw to the end, because we will see two very well-positioned defenses.