Wales vs Republic of Ireland

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Ireland's hopes for qualification to the World Cup in Russian Federation 2018 continue, after an comfortable win over Moldova, in the Aviva Stadium last night.

Coleman can certainly draw on a full range of experiences.

"We are halfway there", Wales midfielder Aaron Ramsey said.

The Euro 2016 semi-finalists go into tonight's game in Georgia and next Monday's final Group D clash at home to the Republic of Ireland without their talisman Gareth Bale, whose calf strain could not have come at a worse time for Chris Coleman.

However, if they lose, the winners of the Wales-Republic match will qualify, while a draw could send Wales through on goal difference.

In Coleman, Everton and Ireland have had to make do without a player who has proven himself strong both in attack and defence.

Meanwhile, Bale's absence is a bonus for Ireland but, after Lawrence's victor in Tbilisi, Wales broke the spell of having not won without the Real Madrid megastar since 2013.

The momentum shift between the local rivals arguably came in March.

With Jonathan Walters injured you would have thought Long would be a banker to start but Murphy's performance surely makes him the obvious candidate to lead the line.

Harry Arter. Jeff Hendrick has surely now played his way out of the Ireland starting lineup.

Gareth Bale began Wales cheerleading duties on Sunday by watching his teammates train at the Cardiff City Stadium. It was a shame with what happened with Seamus and Neil, mainly Seamus and he is coming back slowly - Ashley Williams tells me good things.

Here, Press Association Sport looks at some of the main talking points ahead of Wales' game in Tbilisi. "Dare to dream? I meant every word of that", he said.

Score prediction: Wales 1-1 Republic of Ireland.

"We've got a lot of momentum about us and we're in a good place, " Gunter said. The 17-year-old scored the victor within five minutes of coming on as a second-half substitute against Austria before being sent on again to set up the opening goal in a 2-0 win in Moldova three days later.

Global football might be fighting national apathy across the border in England - perhaps in part because of the failings of another "golden generation" - but has never been more enthusiastically followed in Wales.

James McClean and Robbie Brady will return from suspension, giving O'Neill a selection dilemma. It is possible both start if one of the forwards - Shane Long or Daryl Murphy - is omitted.

On 19 minutes it was 2-0 to the home side, Murphy again and this time using his head.

Due to the magnitude of the occasion, Wales' players have requested for a special version of their riveting Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau national anthem to be utilised pre-match.

"It's not that far back in the memory that players shouldn't consider it when we're approaching this game".

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