class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>With both the Boys in Green and Kenny's men lacking cutting edge, Al Hain-Cole isn't expecting too much goalmouth action at the Aviva Stadium
Republic of Ireland will be hoping to bounce back from their Euro 2020 play-off disappointment when they welcome Wales to the Aviva Stadium for Sunday’s Nations League clash.
The Boys in Green went out on penalties in Thursday’s semi-final away to Slovakia, having held out for a 0-0 draw after 120 minutes.
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Ireland vs Wales Latest Odds
Having taken just one point from the opening group games, they are slight 9/5 (2.80) outsiders with bet365 to lift the spirits with a first competitive win in eight matches.
Ryan Giggs’ men are top of the group after claiming six points from the first available six and on offer at 17/10 (2.70) to maintain that 100 per cent record with another victory.
Three of the hosts’ last four matches have resulted in draws after 90 minutes, and there are odds of 2/1 (3.00) available on them being held to another stalemate in this one.
Ireland vs Wales Team News
Seamus Coleman, Darragh Lenihan and Harry Arter were all forced to withdraw from the squad prior to the Slovakia game due to injury.
Kieffer Moore will need to be assessed after coming off injured in Thursday’s friendly defeat against England, with fellow striker Hal Robson-Kanu is already ruled out due to a broken arm.
Ireland vs Wales Preview
Moore’s injury is a particularly big blow for the Dragons, who have no other real out-and-out strikers in the squad and have been struggling for firepower as it is.
Having scored just 17 times in their last 18 fixtures, it is hard to see them breaking down a sturdy Irish defence that has only conceded 10 goals in their last 17.
Nevertheless, Wales’ own backline should back themselves to keep at bay Stephen Kenny’s team, which has scored only 19 goals in their previous 24.
Ireland vs Wales Tips and Predictions
With just one goal separating this pair the last time they met, odds of 8/11 (1.73) seem pretty generous on no more than one of them getting on target in this one.
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