By Thomas Strong
4th September 2018
- Thursday 6th September
- Kick-off: 19:45
- Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
- Live on Sky Sports Main Event
Wales vs Republic of Ireland odds: Doubts over odds-on Dragons
It’s a slight surprise to find the hosts priced as 19/20 favourites in William Hill’s Wales vs Ireland betting odds. They haven’t beaten their neighbours from across the Irish Sea since 2012, losing at home and finishing below them in World Cup 2018 qualifying.
That suggests that the Irish are a far more attractive prospect at a 7/2 pick, whilst if you predict a draw as the likely outcome, this available to back at 2/1 odds.
Indeed, the UEFA Nations League odds for League B Group 4 predict Martin O’Neill’s men to be 12/5 outsiders, with Wales priced at 15/8 , and Denmark betting as the 6/5 frontrunners.
In Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies, manager Ryan Giggs arguably possesses higher quality individuals. However, the Boys in Green deliver far more consistently, qualifying for the last two European Championships and reaching the World Cup 2018 play-offs ahead of Wales.
Head-to-head (most recent first): Wales 0-1 Republic of Ireland, Republic of Ireland 0-0 Wales, Wales 0-0 Republic of Ireland, Republic of Ireland 3-0 Wales, Wales 2-2 Republic of Ireland, Republic of Ireland 1-0 Wales
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Free UEFA Nations League betting tips: Wales vs Republic of Ireland odds
Prediction: Wales 0-0 Republic of Ireland @ 6/1 odds
This prediction is based on the tendency for meetings between the pair to be low scoring, with a single goal netted across their latest three showdowns.
The home side’s last game against Mexico ended goalless, as did the visitors’ previous competitive away match, so Wales vs Republic of Ireland odds of 6/1 on a stalemate may appeal.
Best Bet: 1st Half Correct Score to be 0-0 @ 23/20 odds
The pick of our Wales vs Republic of Ireland predictions is the 23/20 for the first half to serve up no goals. This was a winner in each of their last four collisions.
Euro 2016 semi-finalists Wales have scored before the break in only one of their past nine fixtures – the 6-0 thrashing of China in Giggs’ dugout debut. O’Neill’s squad have also been given cause to celebrate prior to half time just once in six encounters.
Betting Recommendation: Wales not to score odds @ 12/5
You might not be with us on this Cardiff City Stadium contest producing no goals, but the part we’re most adamant about is that the Dragons will be left disappointed.
As well as four straight blanks against the Green Army, they’ve been shut out in four of their last six games, including two in a row since Giggs’ promising start against China.
Currently priced in our Wales vs Republic of Ireland odds at 12/5, the home team not scoring is among the best of the UEFA Nations League odds on offer in the first round.
Wales vs Republic of Ireland stats – powered by Opta
- Republic of Ireland have kept a clean sheet in six of their last seven games against Wales, conceding just two goals.
- Wales have only lost one of their last 11 competitive matches at the Cardiff City Stadium (W6 D4), but that came against Ireland in their last such match in October 2017
- Five of Wales’ last eight goals in competitive home matches have been scored by Gareth Bale.