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An experimental England side walked over Ireland 3-0 on Thursday and though the Three Lions were always going to be favourites at Wembley, it leaves Stephen Kenny’s men without a goal in five outings.
They lost three of those in normal time and another on penalties, with their winless streak now stretching to seven games as entertainment has been short on supply.
Under 1.5 Goals
Each of those six appearances prior to facing England saw fewer than three goals, with the last four featuring a combined total of four, while this tendency to low-scoring affairs isn’t just a recent phenomenon that has developed.
Even including the clash with Gareth Southgate’s side, a massive 26 of Ireland’s last 32 matches have contained no more than two goals, as 15 saw just the solitary strike at most.
Wales To Win 1-0
Wales might be without Ryan Giggs in the dugout but the main template won’t be altered. They too rely upon a solid defensive effort, but unlike Ireland, possess better weaponry to trouble their opponents in the final third.
The continued absence of Aaron Ramsey is a blow but the presence of Gareth Bale in the squad is a huge boost, even if he’s not up to full sharpness yet, as he raises confidence levels around him in the national setup.
Wales should possess the edge in Cardiff, but nonetheless it’s rare for them to produce a goal bonanza.
0-0 Half-Time Score
A drab goalless draw with the USA on Thursday means that 27 of the Dragons’ past 34 matches have seen fewer than three goals, as 16 of these featured a maximum of one.
It’s perhaps little surprise then that these two played out a goalless stalemate when they met a month ago.
In fact, that’s been the case in three of six meetings since 2013, as all but one of these saw just one strike or less.
0-0 Half-Time Score
With little prospect of attacking flair it would be no surprise If this one was level at the break. Six of seven head to heads over the past decade have been goalless at half-time, while Ireland have been all square after the opening 45 in 17 of 21 matches now, with 16 of those goalless at that stage.
Draw/Wales – Half-Time/Full-Time
Wales have only seen one first-half goal across their past six matches, netted by England at Wembley, as all three of their victories during this period ended 1-0 and saw them score late on.
They took 32 minutes to test the USA’s Zack Steffen midweek and may well have to be patient to find a breakthrough, so the half time/full time market also offers betting potential.