Wales v Republic of Ireland, World Cup 2018 qualifier

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Updates from now on will be with the minute of the match. Coleman hasn't played since finding himself on the wrong end of a horrific challenge by Neil Taylor in the return fixture last March and the Aston Villa midfielder will doubtless come in for some special attention from the travelling support in the Cardiff City Stadium.

1930: Just 15 minutes to go until kick-off and a cracking atmosphere in Cardiff is already starting to build.

And automatic qualification for next summer's World Cup in Russian Federation is not yet out of the question either. This will be a much tougher opponent with astronomically higher stakes for both teams and the home-field advantage may not be enough for Wales to get the favorable result.

A victory for Wales over Ireland will guarantee us a place in the play-offs as one of the eight best group runners-up. It could also see them go top if Moldova can seal a miracle victory over Serbia.

Julen Lopetegui's side now boast a goal difference advantage of 17 over the Italians who need just a point from their game against Macedonia to guarantee a top-two finish and a place in the play-offs.

Winger McClean beat Wales in this must-win game with a brilliantly worked team goal that keeps Ireland's hopes of being in Russian Federation next summer alive.

The result means that Ireland have finished second in their group behind Serbia, so they'll now advance to a two-legged play-off which will take place next month.

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They would secure top spot if they draw and Serbia lose by two goals.

1905: Let's take a look at the Sky Bet odds for tonight's match. Should Ireland and Scotland both win then a draw will be no use to either.

With Gareth Bale missing through injury, Ramsey was the man Welsh fans were pinning their hopes on to inspire the home side back into the contest.

For Wales, a draw at Cardiff City Stadium would be enough to finish above Ireland in the table - but not necessarily enough to nail a play-off place, with Croatia also in contention.

"They were labelled this "golden" bunch of players before we qualified [for Euro 2016] and I fought against that, because they had not earned that tag".

What about the Republic of Ireland?

Wales host the Republic of Ireland on Monday night knowing that they can not afford to lose if they want to wrap up a place in the World Cup play-offs.

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