Our football match prediction:
There will be fireworks when Republic of Ireland and Wales square off against each other at Aviva Stadium. The Boys in Green kicked off their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-2 draw with Serbia in Belgrade, but they did well to beat the likes of Georgia, Moldova and Austria in the last three matches in Group D. Martin O’Neill’s men are high on confidence head of the visit of Wales, but beating the Dragons is easier said than done. The good news for Wales fans is that key player Gareth Bale has overcome his injury and, no doubt, the Real Madrid superstar is capable of making life difficult for the opposition back-line. Following a 4-0 victory over Moldova in their opener, Chris Coleman’s men shared the spoils with the likes of Austria, Georgia and Serbia and, no doubt, they are eager to return to winning ways. Both Ireland and Wales are likely to adopt a cautious approach in Friday’s football match and we predict that they will play out a draw in Dublin.
Highlighted Player (Coleman):
Quite possibly the most talented footballer to have donned the Republic of Ireland jersey in the second decade of the 21st century, Seamus Coleman is an attacking full-back, who has been one of Everton’s best performers for quite some time. Plucked from lowly Sligo Rovers in 2009, the highly rated footballer took to Premier League like duck to water and went on to become one of the best right-sided defenders in the league. Coleman has developed a knack for scoring amazing goals, and he already has more than a dozen strikes in the Premier League. The talented footballer is still waiting for his first goal in the Republic of Ireland national team, but it is only a matter of time before he ends his international drought, even though that is not exactly his main job. The general consensus is that Coleman should have left Everton for a top club earlier in order to realise his full potential, but there is still time for the Irish footballer to grace the biggest stage.
Highlighted Team (Wales):
Despite being part of the United Kingdom, Wales national football team has been competing in FIFA tournaments since 1950, although they have so far only reached two tournament finals. The Dragons surprised everyone by making it to the quarter-finals at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, but little did they know that it would remain their only World Cup appearance up to date. Wales had plenty of problems in the European Championship qualifiers as well, but they finally managed to end the barren run by securing their place at the Euro 2016 in France. Led by the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Ashley Williams, the Dragons performed admirably throughout the campaign and even reached the 8th position in the FIFA Rankings in October 2015. Neville Southall remains the team’s most capped player, but the generation that included Ryan Giggs, Gary Speed, Craig Bellamy and John Hartson will also be remembered for some impressive performances against top European national teams.