By William Hill
Last Updated: 7th January 2020
Revenge is on the agenda for Ireland as they host Wales a month on from their 1-4 thumping in Cardiff and Martin O’Neill’s side will be aided in their UEFA Nations League payback mission by the absence of Welsh totem Gareth Bale.
Ireland vs Wales: Odds and Predictions
The Boys in Green are 27/20 for a win which would see them leapfrog the visitors in the League B Group 4 standings and those betting tips don’t look so fanciful given they shut out the Dragons with added Bale at the Aviva Stadium in 2018 World Cup qualifying.
Ryan Giggs’ charges are 9/4 to double down on the Celtic bragging rights by taking all three points, while a second successive draw between the sides on Irish territory is priced up as a 21/10 pick.
Our Ireland vs Wales predictions are mindful of the fact that last month’s 4-1 Welsh win, minus the Real Madrid man’s goal and assist, would’ve been a far closer 2-1 success and strongly suspect the hosts will avoid defeat, whilst in no way being gung-ho about them winning.
Ireland vs Wales head-to-head (most recent first): Wales 4-1 Ireland, Wales 0-1 Ireland, Ireland 0-0 Wales, Wales 0-0 Ireland, Ireland 3-0 Wales, Wales 2-2 Ireland.
Ireland vs Wales predictions: score, best bet, player to be carded
Correct score/scorer prediction: No Goalscorers @ 5/1
Readers of these pages were singing that wily old marksman No Goalscorer’s name from the rooftops after he delivered for our Republic of Ireland tips against Denmark last time out.
That was a Danish side that had hammered the Irish in the teams’ previous UEFA Nations League meeting but found themselves without their star man (Christian Eriksen) through injury. Ring any betting bells?
Our first Ireland vs Wales betting tip is further bolstered by the Dragons having kept five clean sheets in their past eight away games, with France and the aforementioned Eriksen responsible for four of the five they conceded during that sequence.
However, they’ve also failed to score in three of their past four on the road, holding out the tantalising prospect of a clean sheet for the Irish, who’ve shipped once or less in seven of their past eight on home turf.
At fractionally superior odds in our betting tips for an Ireland win, a bet that seems like it has to cop if they’re to have much chance of doing so, is the second of our Ireland vs Wales predictions.
Three goals in their last six games without Bale, including a 1-0 loss against the Boys in Green in Cardiff last October, offer further persuasion that this tip beats backing the likes of Shane Long to have the attacking nous to boot in the 27/20 home win all day long.
Long, the current highest international scorer in the Republic’s squad by seven goals, has bagged once in his last 19 internationals for the Boys in Green and that was against Moldova.
Player to be carded prediction: James McLean, picked @ 15/8
Harry Arter is a worthy favourite in this betting heat at 6/4, having racked up a solid six cautions across his last ten outings in all competitions, but could be susceptible to some restraint at the Cardiff Stadium, where he currently plies his club trade.
Our Ireland vs Wales predictions favour international bookings specialist McLean, who took his tally to five yellows in his last nine caps against Denmark last time out – more than Arter has managed in his 19-game Ireland career to date.
Republic of Ireland vs Wales stats:
- O’Neill’s men have kept a clean sheet in each of their last two home games against Wales; a 1-0 win in March 2007 and a 0-0 draw in March 2017.
- The Welsh scored four goals in their win over Ireland last month, as many as they’d netted in their previous 11 clashes against the Boys in Green.
- Wales have lost their last two games across all competitions. They last lost three in a row back in September 2012, when Chris Coleman lost each of his first five as manager.