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Wales vs the Republic of Ireland Preview, prediction and odds

Wales vs the Republic of Ireland Preview, prediction and odds
Wales vs the Republic of Ireland Preview, prediction and odds November 14, 2020 November 14, 2020 David Nugent
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Prediction and odds for the game: Wales (11/10) vs the Republic of Ireland (3/1)

We are backing the home win

When: Sunday, 15th November 2020, Kick-off 17:00

Where: Cardiff City Stadium

On Sunday evening, Wales host the Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium in Group B4 of the Nations League.

Wales

The Dragons head into this game without head coach Ryan Giggs, who was recently arrested due to an alleged assault. Wales drew stand-in boss Robert Page oversaw a goalless draw in a friendly match against USA last time out. The game produced another low-scoring game for the home team, as ten of their last 11 matches have produced under 2.5 goals.

Their form has been inconsistent of late, having won just one of their last four outings. However, they have lost just once in their last 12 international matches.

When it comes to the Nations League, Wales are top of the group, having picked up ten points in the latest edition of the competition from four matches. Their performances in the competition have put the Dragons top of the group.

Wales have a good record in the Nations League overall, winning five of their eight matches in the competition while suffering just two defeats in the process.

The Dragons have lost just one of the last six meetings with the Republic of Ireland. However, that defeat was a big one, as they lost 1-0 in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Republic of Ireland

The visitors head to the Welsh capital in woeful form. In fact, Ireland have won just one of their previous ten international matches, failing to win in their last seven outings. Last time out, Stephen Kenny’s team suffered a 3-0 friendly defeat against England.

The defeat illustrated Ireland’s lack of firepower, as it was the fifth straight international in which the visitors had failed to score. The game at Wembley ended a run of low-scoring games for Ireland, as their previous six matches had all produced under 2.5 goals.

The Republic are currently third place in the group, having picked up just two points in the latest edition of the Nations League. The visitors have not won in their eight matches in the relatively new competition, having picked just four draws and suffered four defeats. Their last three away games in the Nations League have been low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in all three matches.

Conclusion

It would be hard to say that either team heads into this game in any shape or form. However, the return to the team of Tottenham’s Gareth Bale will no doubt help the home sides chances of a victory. We are backing the Dragons to record a narrow victory in a low-scoring encounter, as both teams games have been relatively low-scoring of late.

Verdict: We are backing the home win at odds of 11/10 and/or under 2.5 goals scored at odds of 2/5. (All odds are taken from Bet365).

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

David Nugent

David Nugent


David is a soccer fan and writer who has spent the last decade sharing his opinion and spreading news about the beautiful game across the internet. The lifelong Everton fan has written for numerous sports websites, plus an international soccer magazine where he covered the Premier League, the Bundesliga and various youth international tournaments.