Chris Coleman’s Wales visit the Republic of Ireland this evening in a 2018 World Cup qualifier they could really do with winning.

The Welsh are currently third in Group D having picked up six points from their first four matches, meaning that they trail Martin O’Neill’s group leaders by four points going into tonight’s clash in Dublin.

And with just five games of the qualifying campaign left after this evening’s encounter, Coleman’s men really cannot afford to drop anymore points, but it won’t be easy against O’Neill’s Ireland.

The Irish have won three of their four group games so far to sit top of the pile, with their latest success a 1-0 victory in Austria, which itself is a clear statement of intent given that the Austrians are an excellent side.

O’Neill’s men are unbeaten in their last 15 games at the Aviva Stadium to make matters even tougher for Wales, but Coleman and his side will believe that they can go there and get the three points.

So, with the build-up well underway ahead of tonight’s clash, here are THREE reasons why Wales will pick up the three points in Dublin…

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