Ireland Name Starting Lineup For Wales Clash, Brady And McClean Return

Ireland Name Starting Lineup For Wales Clash, Brady And McClean Return

Wales are keeping the ball easily but only Ramsey's long-range effort has caused problems so far. But if you had said to me right at the beginning when the group was drawn that we'd have to go to Wales and win - and we were down as fourth seeds - I would have taken it.

1944: Fantastic singing from all for the national anthems.

Less than 18 months after sensationally knocking England out of Euro 2016, Iceland qualified for the World Cup for the first time on Monday following a 2-0 win over Kosovo. Updates from now on will be with the minute of the match.

It's nearly the tenth anniversary of Ireland's last competitive game against Wales in Cardiff.

England, already assured of their passage to Russian Federation 2018 as Group F winners, wrapped up their qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win in Lithuania thanks to Harry Kane's 26th-minute penalty for Linas Klimavicius' foul on Dele Alli. In short, both teams were setting their stalls out to win.

If both Wales and Croatia draw their games, but the Balkan side score one more goal, it will see the teams sit even on points, goal difference, goals scored and goals against.

Victory in Cardiff could be good enough to go through to next summer's finals automatically, if group leaders Serbia lose to Georgia.

Ireland finished the campaign with 19 points, two behind Serbia, who beat Georgia 1-0 to clinch top spot and an automatic place in next year's finals.

Croatia's hopes were dented after they conceded a 90th-minute equaliser in a 1-1 home draw with Finland.

A draw would be enough for Wales to stay in second place, but this wouldn't guarantee a play-off spot for Russian Federation 2018.

They will join the seven other best second-place finishers in the draw for the two-legged playoffs.

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

1905: Let's take a look at the Sky Bet odds for tonight's match.

Wales vs Republic of Ireland live online: selected betting odds.

1857: He'll have these fans backing his side.

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. It doesn't bother me if Wales are favourites because they have to win.

What about the Republic of Ireland?

Robbie Brady, James McClean and Harry Arter replace Wes Hoolahan, Callum O'Dowda and the injured Shane Long.