Tip Wales - Ireland
Wales are still unbeaten in this group with four wins and five draws and sit in second place. They are only a point clear of Ireland who have to win this game to leap frog above their opponents. Wales are only a point behind leaders Serbia and a win here with Serbia failing to beat Georgia will see them win the group. Even a draw might be enough if Serbia lose by a couple of goals. An Irish win and defeat for Serbia would see them win the group. Both sides could do with winning this game to ensure they grab one of the eight play-off places available and to boost their FIFA World rankings. However, the two sides have had a fair number of draws in this group, a total of nine between them, hence their inability to get ahead of group leaders Serbia. Wales have won two and drawn two of their four home games, while their opponents have an identical away record. Wales are unbeaten in their last nine games but drawn five of them. At least the win in Georgia on Friday showed they can get results in the absence of the injured Gareth Bale. Ireland only have two wins in their last eight games but are unbeaten in their last four away World Cup qualifiers. Ireland will have to be patient in this game but will have to become more adventurous the longer they aren't winning as that's the only result that will keep them in this competition. A bet on a draw looks the best one to go for.
Key points Wales - Ireland
Wales have drawn five of their nine qualifiers.
Ireland have drawn four of their nine qualifiers.
The last two games between these two sides have ended in goalless draws.
Conclusion Wales - Ireland
Wales know that avoiding defeat will keep them in the top two. Both sides have drawn too many games in this group and this looks like ending in a stalemate.