Republic of Ireland's Martin O'Neill 'not bothered' by Wales being favourites

Coleman watched his team-mates train at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday evening, having entered the final stages of recovery from the horrific double leg fracture he suffered against Wales in March. "So all to play for, big, big game ahead".

If you'd told Wales they'd be undefeated with two games of qualifying to go, they'd probably assume qualification was nigh.

"It will be a sensational atmosphere - we welcome the pressure", said Coleman. Should Serbia lose against Georgia in Belgrade, the victors in Cardiff will top Group D and qualify automatically for Russian Federation.

"I think there are exciting times ahead for us with some younger players coming through".

"But obviously, whatever game-plan we have, we are going to try to utilise it as best we possibly can".

Without Bale, Wales produced a disciplined performance against a tricky Georgian side who drew 1-1 in Cardiff - one of five draws for Coleman's team.

Daryl Murphy was the hero on the night by bagging a brace as the Irish sit in third spot, one point behind second place Wales. "You can look back and say, "We've never done this or never done that", he said.

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O'Neill has presided over big games during nearly four years as Ireland manager, most notably a qualifier victory over world champions Germany and a Euro 2016 finals win against Italy which secured a place in the last 16.

A victory over Norway was still important if they wanted to stand a chance of being seeded for that draw, yet Brunt's freakish own goal 19 minutes from time, in which he hacked an attempted left-footed clearance into his net, essentially scuppered those hopes as they lost 1-0.

One positive note is that they have netted in all of their away games so far, plus the return of James McClean and Robbie Brady from suspension should improve their attacking play. "I don't think it's lost its lustre at all".

Wales are also missing their big name player as Gareth Bale is ruled out by a calf injury but O'Neill pointed out that they were able to cope without the Real Madrid star as they won in Georgia on Friday night.

Due to the magnitude of the occasion, Wales' players have requested for a special version of their riveting Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau national anthem to be utilised pre-match.

"We have got 90 minutes in which to try to get a goal". Both teams can take first from Serbia if they don't get the right result. Music or no music, what promises to be a full-blooded, winner-takes-all encounter is likely to have an extremely raucous soundtrack.

The three sides are separated by just one point in Group F, and Scotland play both Slovenia and Slovakia in their final two games, which gives them control over their destiny, albeit against two very tough opponents.


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