Get Republic of Ireland at a massive 16/1 to beat Moldova

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Bale is the most high-profile player in the Welsh side and the country's hopes of qualifying for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation are still hanging in the balance.

Northern Ireland, for example, have won 19 points in Group C, but they only have 13 points to their name in the play-off table, as the six points won against San Marino (last place in Group C) are not counted.

And it means that Bosnia (or Greece in the same group) and Sweden can take over Ireland and also leave them outside the seeded 8 where Wales now lie.

The Football Association of Ireland announced on Thursday evening that the 65-year-old, whose existing contract was due to expire at the end of the ongoing World Cup qualification process, has accepted a new deal.

That would leave Ireland on 19 points from ten games and secure in second place - assuming Serbia pick up at least one point in their last two games.

There was nothing expected from Moldova when they kicked off their qualifying campaign, and quite predictably they have only picked up two points in eight games, conceding 20 goals. Too often in the past, Ireland have struggled to put away inferior opponents but showed what they are capable of against Moldova when given licence to pass the ball through midfield.

Rankings of second placed teams are decided with matches against the bottom side in the group disregarded.

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Germany will win the group if they avoid defeat in Belfast.

I personally need England to win to give any hope to my country Scotland and Southgate's side will typically do it the hard way.

Ireland will be without Robbie Brady and James McClean as both our suspended for the sold-out Aviva clash on Friday.

But then they'd have to go and beat Wales and that's a whole other problem.

Moldova has been the worst team in this Group D of the competition with no wins, two draws and six losses.

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