Martin Oneal’s Republic of Ireland side have only lost one of their last 11 competitive matches at home, they have won their last four matches without conceding. The Republic of Ireland are currently undefeated in qualifying, these two sides have only met twice before, the last time being ten years ago – which was on March 24, 2007.
Wales are far from convincing when they play away from home, they have only won three of their last 11 away matches – but the presence of Gareth Bale will give them some hope of taking something from the game, Ireland on the other-hand have conceded just two goals in their last 14 home victories
Everton’s and Republic of Ireland’s Midfielder James McCarthy is likely to feature after being doubtful due to injury. Wales will be under pressure to perform as they are already four points behind their hosts – who are on top of Group D.
- Wales have not won against the Republic of Ireland in their past six games, with their most recent victory a 1-0 friendly win in February 1992.
- The Republic of Ireland have won five of the 13 meetings between the two sides, with Wales winning five and three draws.
- Only two matches between Wales and the Republic of Ireland have ended goalless.
Republic of Ireland
- Martin O’Neill has only lost eight of 35 games in charge of the Republic of Ireland.
- O’Neill’s side have scored 11 goals in their past five games in all competitions.
- Wales have not lost a qualifying match for a major international tournament since their 2-0 defeat by Bosnia and Herzegovina in October 2015.
- After comfortably beating Moldova in their first Group D World Cup qualifier, Wales have drawn their qualifying games against Austria, Georgia and Serbia.