Wales have the greater mo­men­tum

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER - The Wales boss: Chris Cole­man Daryl Mur­phy v Ash­ley Wil­liams Ciaran Clark v Tom Lawrence David Meyler v Aaron Ram­sey

no de­feats for Wales in their last 10 com­pet­i­tive matches in Cardiff (W6, D4)

Ire­land’s av­er­age goals scored per game in Group D (com­pared with 1.4 for Wales)

wins by Ire­land in their last 10 qual­i­fi­ca­tion and play­off matches away from home (D4, L2)

clean sheets kept by Wales in nine Group D matches (com­pared with Ire­land’s 4)

Wales are one of six un­beaten teams in the Euro­pean qual­i­fiers (to­gether with Switzer­land, Ger­many, Eng­land, Spain, and Bel­gium)

years since the only pre­vi­ous WalesIre­land com­pet­i­tive clash in Cardiff (2-2, Novem­ber 2007, Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship qual­i­fier)

Wales’s cur­rent Fifa world rank­ing (21 places above Ire­land)

goal attempts on tar­get by Ire­land in Group D (com­pared with Wales’s 34)

Ire­land’s win rate in 25 com­pet­i­tive matches un­der Martin O’neill

Wales’s win rate in 35 com­pet­i­tive matches un­der Chris Cole­man.

pass com­ple­tion rate by Wales in Group D (com­pared with Ire­land’s 80%)

minutes since Shane Long’s last com­pet­i­tive goal for Ire­land (365 days ago in Moldova) GROUP D

Re­sults so far: Sep 5: Ge­or­gia 1 Aus­tria 2, Ser­bia 2 Rep of Ire­land 2, Wales 4 Moldova 0. Oct 6: Aus­tria 2 Wales 2, Moldova 0 Ser­bia 3, Rep of Ire­land 1 Ge­or­gia 0. Oct 9: Moldova 1 Rep of Ire­land 3, Ser­bia 3 Aus­tria 2, Wales 1 Ge­or­gia 1. Nov 12: Aus­tria 0 Rep of Ire­land 1, Ge­or­gia 1 Moldova 1, Wales 1 Ser­bia 1. Mar 24: Aus­tria 2 Moldova 0, Ge­or­gia 1 Ser­bia 3, Rep of Ire­land 0 Wales 0. Jun 11: Moldova 2 Ge­or­gia 2, Rep of Ire­land 1 Aus­tria 1, Ser­bia 1 Wales 1. Sep 2: Ge­or­gia 1 Rep of Ire­land 1, Ser­bia 3 Moldova 0, Wales 1 Aus­tria 0. Sep 5: Aus­tria 1 Ge­or­gia 1, Moldova 0 Wales 2, Rep of Ire­land 0 Ser­bia 1. Oct 6: Ge­or­gia 0 Wales 1, Aus­tria 3 Ser­bia 2, Rep of Ire­land 2 Moldova 0.

Re­main­ing fix­tures: Tonight: Moldova v Aus­tria, Ser­bia v Ge­or­gia, Wales v Rep of Ire­land. Daryl Mur­phy

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