World Cup Qualifier Wales Vs Republic of Ireland

Both sides will be desperately seeking a win as they look to keep their hopes of reaching Russia in 2018 alive.

Wales welcome the Republic of Ireland to Cardiff on Monday as both teams attempt to secure a place in the World Cup play-off round.

Chris Coleman's Dragons come into the game one point ahead of the Boys in Green in second place and the winner of the game has a chance of progressing to the play-offs depending on results elsewhere. A draw could be enough for Wales, but Ireland must win if they want to have any hope of reaching the tournament in Russia next year. Theoretically, automatic qualification is still a possibility for both sides, but that will ultimately depend on leaders Serbia slipping up at home to Georgia.

Game Wales vs Republic of Ireland
Date Monday, October 9
Time 6:45GMT


Wales must attempt to beat Ireland without the services of Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, who is ruled out with a calf injury. They will also be without West Ham defender James Collins and Swansea City's Jazz Richards.
Potential starting XI:Hennessey; Gunter, A. Williams, Chester, Davies; King, Ledley, Allen, Ramsey, Lawrence; Vokes.

Republic Of Ireland

Ireland are boosted by the return of Robbie Brady and James McClean, who missed the game against Moldova through suspension. James McCarthy has been training with the squad but played no part in the game against Moldova. However, he could potentially feature on the bench in Cardiff. Jonathan Walters is missing due to a knee injury, while Seamus Coleman is still unavailable as he recovers from a broken leg.
Potential starting XI: Randolph; Ward, Clark, Duffy, Christie; Meyler, Brady, Hendrick, McClean; Long, Murphy.