Betting: Ireland and Wales to see out nervy draw in Dublin

 
Ben Cleminson
Wales Training Session
Gareth Bale returns after an injury layoff for Wales (Source: Getty)

Stars of Euro 2016 Ireland and Wales meet in Dublin on Friday, eager to make a huge step on the road to the World Cup.

The pair were two of the feel-good stories from France, and after a taste of the big-time, they won’t want to miss out on another major tournament next summer.

Ireland have made a flying start on the road to Russia, winning three and drawing once from their four games, leaving them sitting two points clear at the top of Group D.

They may lack a star player like Gareth Bale, but Martin O’Neill has made them tough to beat – they’ve conceded just three times so far.

Wales’ run to the semi-finals in France raised expectations, which they’ve so far struggled to live up to.

They remain unbeaten, but have drawn their last three, meaning the pressure is really on for victory here.

A 4-0 victory over Moldova is their only win so far – dropped points to Austria, Georgia and Serbia could cost them dear.

With Ireland happy not to lose any ground on their near-neighbours, and Wales out of touch, I like 188BET’s 2/1 for a draw in Dublin.

Both teams are strong defensively and will only look to counter-attack sporadically – Bale is the only player from either side with genuine quality.

I see a cagey, nervy, derby match on the cards – so will be selling total goals at 2.05 with Sporting Index.

Pointers

Draw - 2/1 (188BET)

Sell total goals - 2.05 (Sporting Index)

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