Wales-Republic of Ireland Betting Preview: Long absentee list could lead to dour encounter

Chris Coleman's side face Giovanni Trapattoni's men in Cardiff on Wednesday but, with both sides missing a number of key players, our tipster expects a low-scoring match here
Wales and Republic of Ireland will continue their preparations for next month’s World Cup 2014 qualifiers when they meet in Cardiff in an international friendly on Wednesday evening.

Wales will be without several of their big names including Gareth Bale, James Collins and Aaron Ramsey for the clash against Giovanni Trapattoni’s men.

Despite those injury concerns, Wales are chalked up at 17/10 (2.70) with William Hill to claim victory over the Irish at Millenium Stadium on Wednesday.

Republic of Ireland are also without a raft of first-team regulars for Wednesday’s fixture and Giovanni Trapattoni’s side are also rated as a 17/10 (2.70) chance with William Hill to bounce back from a 2-0 friendly defeat to Spain in June with victory in Cardiff. The draw is priced up at just 21/10 (3.10) with the same firm.

With so many of the main protagonists missing for both sides, it is likely to be a low-key affair and the match may not inspire the kind of passion that a fixture between these two nations may typically produce.

It is, therefore, somewhat unsurprising that William Hill offer just 13/20 (1.65) for fewer than three goals to be scored when these sides meet on Wednesday night.

Indeed, the 21/10 (3.10) quote from William Hill for fewer than two goals to be scored carries some appeal when the list of absentees for this friendly fixture is considered.

Both sides have been considerably weakened by withdrawals and, with the start of the English Premier League season just days away, this could be a tame affair with those who are involved unwilling to run the risk of injury.

Therefore, there appears to be real value in the 23/20 (2.15) quote that the opening goal of the game comes after the 31st minute of what is likely to be a dour encounter and it is a price that should be snapped up accordingly by punters.

First goal after 31st minute at 23/20 (2.15) with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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