Author: Dafydd Jones
Publisher: Y Clwb Pêl Droed
Wales will look to tighten their grip on top spot in the group when they face the Republic of Ireland in the Nations League at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday.
Under the management of Rob Page, the hosts head into the game on the back of a stalemate with a youthful USA side on Thursday.
Wales have enjoyed an unbeaten Nations League campaign so far, claiming ten points from the opening four games and have lost just one of their last twelve fixtures, coming in a 3-0 friendly loss to England.
With Finland hot on their heels in the group, sitting in second with nine points, Wales’ results in the final two fixtures against the Republic of Ireland and Finland will be paramount.
Page is expected to have key figures like Gareth Bale and David Brooks back in starting contention, while Aaron Ramsey misses out through injury.
It’s been a disappointing campaign for the Republic of Ireland, who have recorded just two points from their opening four games.
Stephen Kenny’s side are without a win in eight matches and sit a point ahead of Bulgaria, with relegation their biggest concern in their final two games.
The Boys in Green were without influential figures in their recent 3-0 loss to England, as Seamus Coleman and Enda Stevens missed out through injury.
West Bromwich Albion’s Callum Robinson was also missing, due to a positive COVID-19 test, while Alan Browne is another who will miss Sunday’s clash.
The fixture will be the sixth meeting between the two sides in the last three years, with Wales losing just once, in the crucial 1-0 loss in qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup.
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