Bale Blow For Wales

Bale Blow For Wales

Victory over Ireland on Monday will nearly certainly be good enough to earn them a shot at reaching a second consecutive tournament.

Wales could still reach the play-offs with just four points - or in an extremely unlikely scenario, just three. "Just like us and any other team, they have got strengths and weaknesses".

Below are four talking points from the game.

Therefore, the aim is clear.

Bale's injured calf robs Wales of one of the world's best players, without whom manager Chris Coleman's team have not won a match since 2013, drawing three and losing three. Wales are now just one point behind Serbia at the top, but the Serbians have a relatively easy game at home to lowly Georgia.

All eyes will be on James McCarthy, who has been training with the Republic of Ireland squad despite being unable to play a game for Everton this season through injury. "I was definitely more effective in games in my late 20s even if I wasn't as quick".

"It is going to be a battle - one we're going to be up for".

The Welsh FA could have played this game at the Millennium Stadium but have switched it to the home of Championship side Cardiff City at the insistence of Chris Coleman.

Finally, I picked the wrong centre-back when I chose Clark for the first goal in Georgia last month and Duffy popped up to put his side ahead early on.

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"Let's get one thing straight". But, although they are still to win a Group D tie, Georgia have drawn five of their eight matches including their showdown in Cardiff.

And without Bale that is a real possibility.

Tom Lawrence fired in a second-half victor for Wales to preserve their World Cup hopes and a fitting goal it was.

Christie's confidence comes from Friday night's 2-0 victory over Moldova when Ireland showed the type of form that has been absent for too much of 2017.

It's now very tight at the top of Group D.

"But even before what happened it was a physical game and we expected it to be". It was Walters' two goals in a playoff with Bosnia and Herzegovina that booked Ireland a place at Euro 2016. "Gareth has that ability to win a game on his own, producing that bit of magic".

"I thought we did well, we knew they were going to be a tough team to beat and I thought we did well and managed to get the win". "But they've been great".

The Celtic man broke his global duck with two free-kicks against England and his confidence has never been higher.