Wales can move a step closer to promotion to UEFA Nations League A when they host Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday. Wales lead League B Group 4 and victory would keep their fate into their own hands heading into the final game next week.
Wales sit top of the group with 10 points from four games and yet to concede a goal. The only points dropped came via a 0-0 draw against 10-man Republic of Ireland last month.
Wales started the UEFA Nations League campaign with back-to-back 1-0 wins. Kiefer Moore scored the only goal of the game against Finland in Helsinki, while Neco Williams struck four minutes into added time at home to Bulgaria three days later.
Following the 0-0 draw with Ireland, Wales recorded another 1-0 victory over Bulgaria in Sofia with Jonny Williams scoring the winner in the 85th minute.
It was another 0-0 in a friendly against the United States on Thursday in the build up to this game.
Wales Team News
Juventus midfielder Aaron Ramsey has withdrawn from the squad to injury, as has Swansea defender Ben Cabango.
Wales are without goalkeepers Wayne Hennessey of Crystal Palace and Stoke's Adam Davies, meaning a recall for Dunfermline's Owain Fon Williams of Dunfermline and uncapped Newport 'keeper Tom King.
Gareth Bale sat out the midweek draw with United States, but will come into interim boss Rob Page's starting line-up with a number of others.
Goalkeepers: Danny Ward, Owain Fôn Williams, Chris Gunter
Defenders: Ben Davies, Connor Roberts, Ethan Ampadu, Tom Lockyer, Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon, James Lawrence, Neco Williams, Rhys Norrington-Davies
Midfielders: Jonny Williams, Harry Wilson, Daniel James, David Brooks, Matthew Smith, Joe Morrell, Dylan Levitt, Brennan Johnson, Josh Sheehan
Forwards: Gareth Bale, Tom Lawrence, Kieffer Moore, Tyler Roberts, Rabbi Matondo
Republic of Ireland Form
Stephen Kenny's Republic of Ireland side haven't score a goal in the last five matches. The latest blank came in a 3-0 friendly defeat to England at Wembley on Sunday.
Repubic started the UEFA Nations League campaign with a 1-1 draw with Bulgaria, but needed a Shane Duffy equaliser three minutes into added time to claim a point.
The goalless run has followed, starting when they lost 1-0 at home to Finland. It was followed by heartbreak when losing on penalties in their European Championship play-off match against Slovakia last month after a 0-0 draw.
Another 0-0 draw followed at home to Wales days later, before another narrow defeat to Finland as they lost 1-0 in their most recent UEFA Nations League fixture.
Republic of Ireland Team News
Republic look set to lose captain Seamus Coleman to a recurrence of his hamstring injury againist England, and midfielder Alan Browne is out after testing positive for coronavirus since the defeat at Wembley.
Brighton forward Aaron Connolly is out with injury, while West Brom striker Callum Robinson missed the England game after testing positive.
They join a list of absentees including Sheffield United trio David McGoldrick (retired), John Egan (concussion) and Enda Stevens (injured) and Nottingham Forest midfielder Harry Arter.
Shamrock Rovers midfielder Jack Byrne is available after fulfilling coronavirus protocols, while Swansea defender Ryan Manning, Anderlecht midfielder Josh Cullen, Derby midfielder Jason Knight and Preston striker Sean Maguire all come in.
Republic of Ireland Squad
Goalkeepers: Darren Randolph, Mark Travers, Caoimhín Kelleher
Defenders: Seamus Coleman, Shane Duffy, Cyrus Christie, Matt Doherty, Kevin Long, Dara O'Shea, Ryan Manning, Jack Byrne
Midfielders: James McClean, Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady, James McCarthy, Callum O'Dowda, Conor Hourihane, Daryl Horgan, Jayson Molumby, Jack Byrne
Forwards: Seán Maguire, James Collins, Ronan Curtis, Adam Idah
Wales vs Republic of Ireland Head to Head
The sides played out a 0-0 draw in Dublin in the reverse fixture last month.
Wales and Ireland also met in the last UEFA Nations League in 2018. Wales won both fixtures with a 4-1 win in Cardiff followed by a 1-0 success in Dublin.
In qualification for the 2018 World Cup, Wales drew 0-0 with Ireland in Dublin, but lost 1-0 at home.
Wales vs Republic of Ireland Odds
Wales are 2.10 favourites to make it four wins from five games in the group. Republic of Ireland are 4.00 to get their first ever win in the UEFA Nations League, while a draw is priced at 3.00 at bet365
Wales vs Republic of Ireland Stats
- Wales have lost 1 of their last 12 matches (all competitions).
- Wales have not conceded a goal in this UEFA Nations League campaign.
- Wales have kept 7 clean sheets in their last 8 matches (all competitions).
- Wales have seen under 2.5 goals in 10 of their last 11 matches in all competitions.
- Republic of Ireland have not won any of their 8 UEFA Nations League matches.
- Republic of Ireland have not won in their last 7 internationals (all competitions).
- Republic of Ireland have won 1 of their last 14 away matches (all competitions).
- Republic of Ireland have not scored in their last 5 matches (all competitions).
- Republic of Ireland have not scored in 5 of the last 6 away matches (all competitions).
- Republic of Ireland have seen under 2.5 goals in their last 16 competitive matches (all competitions).