Even though the winner of this duel may be mathematically first, it is realistic that we in this match between Wales and Ireland watch the fight for the second place and the placement for the playoffs. Serbia is first and they are playing against Georgia, so it is difficult to expect a blunder, so the better from this match will probably be second, with the proviso that Wales is currently holding this position with one point more than Ireland, which means they would be satisfied with a draw. A few days ago, both teams made expected wins, and the first match in these qualifications ended without goals.
How good Wales is playing in these qualifiers is best shown by the fact that they have not lost the match, however, that is not enough for the first place and placement in the World Cup because they have played too many draws. They and Georgia have five unresolved results, and they have mastered Georgia a few days ago with 1-0 and that kept them in second place, hoping to be even the first.
For the first place they have to win and Serbia has to blunder, while a draw is enough to stay in the second place, since they have one point more than Ireland. Interestingly, the Welsh have started the qualifiers with a win, and then they played five draws, while they now made three wins without receiving a goal. After the triumph over Austria, they had two successful matches with outsiders, Moldova and Georgia, where one can easily make some chess. A big problem for this team is that Bale is injured and he will not be in this match.
Ireland is in a somewhat disadvantaged position, but they can only blame themselves because they had a chance to stand in the first place, however, they lost to Serbia at home and that spoiled their chances for direct placement in the World Cup. And not only that, because they only played a draw with Wales and Austria before defeating Serbia, so they played 1-1 in Georgia and that is why only the victory in Cardiff brings them playoffs, while they can get to first place only if Serbia loses to Georgia.
A few days ago they routinely defeated Moldavia in their field with 2-0, and both goals were scored in the first 20 minutes. Brady and McClean were not in the team because of the cards, but it did not feel in the game and the striker that replaced McClean, Dar.Murphy, scored both goals. Walters and McCarthy are not in the team, and it is expected that Brady will return to the starting lineup.
The Wizards are currently in the better form than Ireland and they are also the hosts and a draw is enough to remain second, so we believe they will not lose this match, regardless of the fact that they are without their best player. Ireland has already made too many blunders and it is difficult to correct mistakes here.
Bet Type: Total Goals
Selection: Under 2.5
Best Odds: 1.65 at
Stake: 2% bankroll (40 Units)
Date/Time: 09-Oct-2017 20:45 CET
Event Result: 0:1(0:0)
Profit: +26.00 Units