World Cup Qualifying Preview: Friday

Wales and Republic of Ireland continue to battle it out on Friday evening for the runner-up spot in Group D.

With Serbia all but securing top-spot with two games to go, it is a fight between Wales and Ireland for the runner-up spot.

The Welsh are in pole position for second place, given they are a point ahead of the Irish with their last two games over the next week.

Wales visit Georgia in the opener, but are without Garteh Bale – but boss Chris Coleman insists they can cope.

“Gareth Bale missing from any team is a loss, don’t get me wrong, but that’s not to say what we’ve got is not enough, because it is good enough to compete against anybody. That’s the attitude we’ll have, no doubt,” he said.

Whilst Wales are favourites to qualify, Ireland remain hopeful. “We have two games left and we can still make it,” said the Republic boss Martin O’Neill.

See below for a run-down on the games, including predictions and picks from our own Football Insider Graeme Bailey and BoyleSports’ Leon Blanche.

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Georgia 17:00 Wales
Dinamo Arena

KEY FACT: Unbeaten Wales will secure a top-two spot if they win and the Republic of Ireland do not
MATCH ODDS: Georgia 16/5 Draw 21/10 Wales 21/20
A tough call for Wales here and I think they might only get a draw…1-1
BOYLESPORTS PICK: Ben Woodburn to score anytime @10/3

Republic of Ireland 19:45 Moldova
Aviva Stadium

KEY FACT: Bottom-placed Moldova have two points from eight matches
MATCH ODDS: Republic 1/8 Draw 13/2 Moldova 25/1
Republic need the win and they will get it…2-0
BOYLESPORTS PICK: Republic of Ireland to win 3-0 @4/1

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