Published: Tue, October 10, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

How to Watch Wales vs. Ireland

How to Watch Wales vs. Ireland

Victory for either team will guarantee them a play-off berth at their opponents' expense and could even yield an automatic qualifying spot if Group D leaders Serbia falter in their last game with Georgia.

Harry Arter made a break down the right, before crossing for James McClean who smashed home at the first time of asking.

Reflecting on four years in charge, Coleman added: "I just reminded the players that four years ago we were playing here against Macedonia in front of eight thousand people, playing for nothing".

The nerves are kicking in for this writer, that's for sure.

But Coleman's stance appears to have softened and he will speak to his Football Association of Wales employers about the future, probably before a planned Cardiff friendly next month.

"If you ask any manager after a defeat, you want to be as far away from it as you can", Coleman said when reminded of that statement. They are a golden era. It doesn't bother me if Wales are favourites because they have to win.

Martin O'Neill (Republic of Ireland): "I think we can win the match".

"Whatever we've done, we've done and it won't help us on Monday".

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"Right now I'm thinking about what we've just experienced". It's one game, it's a cup final.

However, Evans believes Northern Ireland can upset the odds and qualify for their first World Cup since 1986.

"We'll enjoy tonight and look forward to see who we get".

"But it's not these players, they weren't involved in that. We might lack a few things but courage is not one of them".

"What they are doing is showing that this is their time and doing the best they can for the nation". "They have shown great courage".

Wales coach Coleman expects a physical game, but is adamant that the bitter fallout from that draw will not affect his side's approach.

And Coleman dismissed fears of a grudge match after what happened when the two sides met in Dublin last March. If Croatia draw and score more goal Wales will miss out on a play-off place to Croatia on fair play points as it stands.

Maxwell was an unused substitute in the 1-0 win over Georgia on Friday, and with wins for both sides at the weekend, it's all to play for in Cardiff on Monday night. There will be lots of contact, our players know that, theirs do.

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