Published: Sat, October 07, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Bale has to make changes - Giggs concerned by Real Madrid star´s injuries

Bale has to make changes - Giggs concerned by Real Madrid star´s injuries

So even if Wales draw with Georgia and Ireland overtake them into second place with a win over Moldova, Ireland would still have just 10 points in that second-place table.

Wales are second in the group, four points behind Serbia and a point ahead of third-placed Ireland.

'Gaz is a big miss for us, ' said the Everton defender.

If Ireland slips up, victory in Tbilisi, Georgia, in a game played prior to the kickoff in Dublin would be enough for Wales to secure second spot behind leaders Serbia, now four points clear in Group D. Ireland probably need to win both of their remaining matches since four points (or six for that matter) may not prevent them from becoming the worst-performing second-place team in UEFA qualifying.

Giggs told Sky Sports: "When you look at Bale and the physical specimen he is, he is always going to be putting his body under pressure, especially with the sort of challenges he comes up against from other players". The Dragons will be aiming to keep it tight in Georgia, something they've been successful at of late: Coleman's men have kept three clean sheets in their last four matches at home and away, conceding only one goal across those four fixtures (v Serbia).

"Hopefully I can get a few more caps".

Coleman admitted the result was far more important than the performance in the battle to secure a top-two finish in Group D. Sometimes you can have a little bit of discomfort elsewhere. The game will kick-off at 5 pm on October 6.

'It will be the team who wins the game.

Northern Ireland are one of the most organised teams in Europe and their togetherness more than makes up for a lack of star quality.

No wonder Wales have drifted from odds-on to [2.04] and they still look risky even at the longer odds. Despite notable contributions in the move by worldwide team-mates Robbie Brady and Stephen Ward, it's hardly the type of goal he is likely to score for Ireland - it featured 24 passes. Seven months later, they won the reverse fixture 1-0 back in Wales. I welcome it. It's great because I'm always used to "there's nothing on it" [fixtures].

The Celtic man broke his worldwide duck with two free-kicks against England and his confidence has never been higher. Tomorrow night is no different.

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