EUROPA: FIFA World Cup - qualifiers
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
According to initial schedule of the current qualification campaign the last 10 round in Cardiff will be held among Wales and Ireland. And according to the most incredible tournament position two national teams from the British Isles had reached the new match with the status of two challengers for the final second place in group D.
And now, one of two honorable will have to fall out of the race.
Wales (the head coach Chris Coleman)
The Dragons have two important factors that speak in favor of them during the forthcoming battle in Cardiff. Firstly, Wales will play at its home arena Cardiff City and secondly, the team of Chris Coleman is ahead of its nearest opponent with 1 point (17 against 16). And this means that during the last match of the qualification stage the hosts will be pleased even with the goalless draw.
Ireland (the head coach Martin O'Neill)
During last home match of the 9th round against Moldova the hosts of Aviva Stadium had opened the score on the 2nd minute after an accurate kick of Daryl Murphy (1:0). And in 17 minutes the center forward from Nottingham Forest has scored his second goal (2:0).
And further the team of Martin O'Neill had chances to increase its advantage. But finally Ireland was left with two goals that were scored at the very beginning of the game. And now the green and whites need only the victory over Wales in order to get into the play-offs.
Together with their two obvious pluses the hosts of Cardiff City have reached the forthcoming game with one but very important minus. The Dragons are lacking their injured leader – the forward of Real Madrid Gareth Bale.
It is obvious that the absence of Gareth has really balanced the chances of teams for final triumph. And though bookmakers have called hosts to be the favorites of this match we think that it would be wiser to bet on the double success in favor of guests. The team of Chris Coleman will be pleased with the outcome X 2.
Wales – 2.15, draw – 3.20, Ireland – 3.50;
Our tip: Ireland to win or draw (X2) - odds 1.65 5Dimes