Wales vs. Republic of Ireland – Nations League, November 15, 2020
These two nations have gotten quite used to each other over recently, with this fixture the fifth time they have met in the last three years. Only once has there been more than one goal in those games, so a low-scoring affair should probably be expected on Sunday.
Wales will go into the game as favorite, as it tops this Nations League group. But this will more than likely be a very close game.
Wales vs. Republic of Ireland Odds
BetOnline has Wales the favorite to win on Sunday and remain top of the group. But these players know each other so well – from the many recent meetings and the fact that a lot of them play in the same English leagues. Goals have been a rare commodity for both sides recently, so a low-scoring goal might be on the cards in Cardiff.
Wales vs. Republic of Ireland Match Preview
Wales have only lost one of its last 12 games now, while manager Ryan Giggs has been introducing a succession of young players into the squad. The future looks bright for Wales but there is sometimes a lack of a final touch to turn well-worked movements into goals.
The goalless draw with the USA on Thursday is a good case in point. The visiting side probably had the best of the chances even though Wales played some very assured soccer throughout. Gareth Bale should return for this game against Ireland though – and it may take a moment of genius from him to break the deadlock.
The Republic of Ireland’s defenders will know all about Gareth Bale – and the rest of the attacking options at Wales disposal. But they will also believe that they have enough steel to close them down while hoping for counter attacks to test the home backline on Sunday.
Ireland warmed up for its two final Nations League games with a 3-0 defeat at the hands of England on Thursday. Although it started fairly well, it was noticeable how heads went down after the first goal was conceded. That has been a problem for this team and it is questionable whether it will be able to bring manager Stephen Kenny his first win in what will be his seventh game in charge.
Wales vs. Republic of Ireland Betting Pick
Wales have the bigger players – and more assured control of the ball throughout the team – but it does tend to struggle against teams like the Republic who are more than happy to soak up pressure and force opponents to break down its determined defense.
With Wales still top of the group, it may look to a win against Finland on Wednesday to assure promotion to Group A – allowing this game to grind down into another draw.