Wales: no plot to keep Ethan Ampadu from Ireland

Oct 10, 2017, 00:06

It is victor takes all on Monday evening in Cardiff as Wales host Republic of Ireland in a match that will only see one of them hold onto their World Cup dreams.

Julen Lopetegui's side now boast a goal difference advantage of 17 over the Italians who need just a point from their game against Macedonia to guarantee a top-two finish and a place in the play-offs.

Wales are in a similar position, so an electric atmosphere is expected at the City of Cardiff Stadium, but Ireland goalkeeper Darren Randolph says it will be a night for cool heads.

Chris Coleman (Wales): "We're on unsafe ground if we go in with a game plan of trying to soak the pressure up for 90 minutes".

"We are too good to do that".

"I feel over the last three games with Southampton I didn't really have many chances and on Friday I got three but they just wouldn't go in for me". That's the way it's set up. "You want to stay in the game as long as possible".

Wales and Ireland have shut each other out over their past two clashes.

Republic captain Seamus Coleman had his leg broken by a challenge from Wales defender Neil Taylor in the goalless draw and has not played football since.

The match will be under much scrutiny not only because of the high stakes. Whatever game plan we have we will utilise it the best we can. "We were all absolutely devastated at what happened".

Republic of Ireland travel to Wales tonight for a crucial World Cup qualifier.

Bale's goals fired Wales to last summer's European Championships, a first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.

Republic of Ireland team is boosted by the return of players Robbie Brady and James McClean who were in the suspension but Shane Long is ruled out of the squad due to the injury.

Spain, the 2010 world champions, secured top spot in Group G after they stormed to a 3-0 win over Albania.

1850: Wales have made just one change from Friday night's win in Georgia with Hal Robson-Kanu selected ahead of Sam Vokes as the central forward option. One would not be enough but would still end Ireland's own play-off dream.

"It was only when we spoke to Brian Kerr and told him about it, that things started to move quickly", said Hansen, speaking to The Daily Telegraph back in 2011.

"I felt it was always going to be like this".

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