Ryan Giggs and his squad play the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday night in the UEFA Nations League. In the first round of games, Wales really put Ireland to the sword in Cardiff with a very convincing victory in an outstanding performance. However, losing to Denmark in the next round of matches in the tournament, losing heavily to Spain in a friendly last week, and not having Ethan Ampadu, Chris Mepham, Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale available for this game , there is no question that this return game makes the challenge even greater. Can Wales gain an away win?
The Irish gained a scoreless draw last week against Denmark and no doubt following the last outing against Wales will be seeking some revenge. The Irish will be well organised, hardworking and dangerous at set pieces, which against Spain was a real issue for Wales defending, which gives rise for cause for concern.
Giggs will have a decision to make in terms of whether he plays three centre-backs and wing-backs as lined up against Spain or revert to a back four also in terms of attack which combinations does he go with to cause the Irish issues. Ireland will probably play Kevin Long, Richard Keogh and Shane Duffy in a three-man central defence formation so they can be expected to be aerially strong but if they come up against movement and speed in the attack, then it could pose them issues.
In terms of who is available and known combinations, blend of experience etc, this would be my starting line-up for Wales:
Goalkeeper: Wayne Hennessey
Defence: Connor Roberts, Ashley Williams, James Chester, Ben Davies
Midfield: Tom Lawrence, Joe Allen, Matthew Smith, Harry Wilson
Attack: David Brooks, Sam Vokes
Ireland 1 Wales 1
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