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Ireland v Wales Betting Preview

1-1Correct Score11/2BetVictor
James McCleanFirst Goalscorer9/1Bet365
Gareth BaleFirst Goalscorer4/1Paddy Power
After The 35th MinuteTime Of First Goal11/10Paddy Power
Under 2.5Total Goals1/2Betfair

Wales travel to Dublin to take on the Group D leaders Ireland in a crucial World Cup qualifying game on Friday night, which is televised live on SkySports 1 from 7.45pm.

Both sides are unbeaten as the campaign reaches the halfway stage, but Chris Coleman’s men are 4 points adrift of the Irish having drawn 3 of their 4 matches.

The hosts, who are ranked 24th in the World, are the 13/8 favourites at Betfair, with 12th ranked Wales a best price 23/10 with Stan James and the draw 2/1 at Bet365.

These nations also met in qualifying for Euro 2008, with the Irish winning the home game 1-0 at Croke Park, before they drew 2-2 in Cardiff – and since they met here at the Aviva Stadium in the ill-fated Nations Cup in 2011, a match won 3-0 by Ireland.

Wales have drawn each of their last three games in this competition – the last two 1-1 – we feel that this has the look of another draw, back 1-1 at 11/2 with BetVictor.

West Brom winger James McClean has scored 3 goals in qualifying for Ireland, while Gareth Bale has 4 for Wales – bet on both to score first at 9/1 and 4/1 respectively.

Finally, in a tight looking encounter, we suggest backing the first goal to come after the 35th minute at 11/10 with Paddy Power and Under 2.5 Goals at 1/2 with Betfair.