This month’s UEFA Nations League action wraps up with a crucial home nations derby in Group B4 as Republic of Ireland welcome Wales to Aviva Stadium.
A win for Wales will put them in prime position for promotion but draw or defeat will leave things finely poised heading into next month’s deciding round of return legs.
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Republic of Ireland are missing Bristol City star, Callum O’Dowda who was subbed against Denmark on Saturday with dizzy spells.
Portsmouth striker, Ronan Curtis has been handed a recall so could feature here.
Wales will be without midfielder, Aaron Ramsey for this match due to family committments.
He will be replaced by Swansea’s Daniel James who has been promoted from the U21s squad.
Gareth Bale is also absent after returning to Real Madrid after sitting out Thursday’s 4-1 thrashing by Spain with muscle fatigue.
- Republic of Ireland have lost just once against Wales in their last seven meetings (W3, D3, L1).
- Only two of those meetings saw both teams score and two of last four finished 0-0.
- At home, Republic of Ireland are unbeaten in their last four against Wales after last losing this fixture at home in February 1992.
- Wales have conceded one goal in each second half of their last three matches across all competitions.
- In nine trips to Ireland, Wales have averaged one goal per game despite not scoring on last three visits.
Republic of Ireland certainly will of taken belief from Saturday’s goalless draw against the Danish, but need victory here to really keep their promotion dreams alive.
Wales meanwhile know that a draw or victory here will effectively make their home leg against Denmark next month a winner takes all.
A draw meanwhile will make things interesting for next month but I can see the hosts making home advantage count here to really mix thing up and set up a dramatic finale, purely because Wales are missing three key players in Bale, Ramsey and Ethan Ampadu.
Prediction: ROI 1-0 Wales