Ireland v Wales odds
Ireland v Wales odds

O’Neill’s Ireland can take promising World Cup step with Wales win in Dublin

Ireland v Wales odds

FootyOn look ahead to the crucial 2018 World Cup qualifying clash with Republic of Ireland v Wales odds.

Martin O’Neill’s Boys in Green have enjoyed a successful start to their Group D campaign.

The path towards Russia looks highly promising after many positive results so far.

Ireland have managed to earn three consecutive victories and a single draw.

They began proceedings off with a stalemate against Serbia, thanks to a late Daryl Murphy goal (his first in an Ireland shirt).

O’Neill’s men have since recorded impressive successes over Georgia, Moldova and Austria.

Ireland are a promising 7/5 with Sky Bet to overcome Wales in Dublin next.

After such a strong run of form, they will be confident of doing so too at the Aviva Stadium.

Welsh win can hugely boost qualification hopes

It may be early days in the race to reach Russia 2018, but this British Isles clash can play a big part in Group D’s standings.

Chris Coleman’s Dragons will take to Irish soil at 12/5 with BetVictor for an away victory.

Shane Long and co can earn a win and are worth backing in the Ireland v Wales odds.

Shane Long and co can earn a win and are worth backing in the Ireland v Wales odds.

Although, Ireland have not tasted defeat since their loss to eventual Euro 2016 finalists and hosts France last summer.

This includes back-to-back wins without conceding in their own backyard of Dublin.

Opponents Wales are also unbeaten since their admirable Euro 2016 campaign, though.

All signs are therefore pointing towards an entertaining match-up between the pair in the Irish capital.

The visitors have been far from ruthless in recent outings, drawing their last three games, including two at home in Cardiff.

Another sharing of the spoils this time out is 2/1 with Sky Bet to occur.

O’Neill’s roster holds fresh faces after injury concerns

O’Neill has some injury concerns ahead of his team’s latest liaison, mainly in his backline.

But he has also plenty of in-form talent and fresh faces within his set-up.

O'Neill will be confident ahead of the Welsh encounter.

O’Neill will be confident ahead of the Welsh encounter.

Defender Shane Duffy has been ruled out of the encounter, while doubts still linger over Ciaran Clark, Richard Keogh and Cyrus Christie.

Euro 2016 star man Robbie Brady is also suspended.

Such concerns have led O’Neill to call-up Brentford centre-half John Egan and Reading starlet Liam Kelly is also included.

The former is the son of the late Kerry Gaelic Football great of the same name, after impressing this season at club level.

O’Shea and McCarthy included in Irish set-up

Meanwhile, O’Neill paid tribute to Sunderland’s John O’Shea after he agreed to carry internationally since reaching 100 caps.

“It’s wonderful for us that he has decided to go on after the Euros,” stated O’Neill.

O'Shea has been a great servant for Ireland and will be called upon again against Wales.

O’Shea has been a great servant for Ireland and will be called upon again against Wales.

“With over 100 caps, he brings so much to our group, it’s wonderful to have him.”

The Derry-born coach is also braced for further issues with Everton boss Ronald Koeman after including midfielder James McCarthy, despite carrying a recent knock.

“At least Everton can’t blame us this time, I hope, James hasn’t been with us for months,” joked the Irish boss.

“I spoke to James the other day and he expects to be training by the end of this week, so we’ll see then.”

Bale a threat to weakened Ireland rearguard

Ireland are sitting pretty at the summit of Group D.

Just behind them are Serbia, while Wales are tracking them in third position.

Bale is a key threat to Ireland.

Bale is a key threat to Ireland.

Star Welshman Gareth Bale will undoubtedly be key to hopes for the travelling Dragons.

The Real Madrid superstar may find himself up against a somewhat weakened Irish rearguard.

Although, skipper and Premier League star Seamus Coleman is more than up to the task of dealing with such a threat.

Following the clash with Wales, Ireland will take on Iceland in a friendly meeting, but they will be focused on the job at hand.

The Boys in Green can take a positive step towards Russia with an early, beneficial success over their close rivals in Dublin and are 7/5 to make it four wins on the bounce.

Full provisional Ireland squad: Colin Doyle (Bradford), Rob Elliot (Newcastle), Darren Randolph (West Ham), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday), Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh, Alex Pearce (Derby), Paul McShane (Reading), Andy Boyle (Preston), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Ciaran Clark (Newcastle), John Egan (Brentford), Stephen Ward (Burnley), Matt Doherty (Wolves), Aiden McGeady, Daryl Horgan (Preston), Glenn Whelan (Stoke), James McCarthy (Everton), Jeff Hendrick, Robbie Brady (Burnley), David Meyler (Hull), Liam Kelly (Reading), Darron Gibson (Sunderland), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Eunan O’Kane (Leeds), Conor Hourihane (Aston Villa), Stephen Gleeson (Birmingham City), Wes Hoolahan (Norwich), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff), Callum O’Dowda (Bristol City), Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen), James McClean (West Brom, Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids), Shane Long (Southampton), David McGoldrick (Ipswich), Daryl Murphy (Newcastle), Adam Rooney (Aberdeen), Jonathan Walters (Stoke).

More from FootyOn

There are more tips on our dedicated page.

Also check out plenty of football trivia on our features page.