If Ireland can keep Gareth Bale shackled, Wales will have nothing to scare us - The Irish Sun

THIS could well come back to bite me on the backside but this is not a vintage Wales side. Yes, they got to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 but things change quickly in football and, since then, they have won just one of their four competitive games ...and more »

The Morning Sports Briefing - Irish Times

Soccer. James McCarthy came through training with the rest of the Ireland squad yesterday without any obvious problems - putting him back in contention to feature in Friday's World Cup qualifier against Wales. Assistant manager Roy Keane had said that ...and more »

'Listen to Roy Keane and you will be playing with 10 men' - Gunter's warning to Ireland - Irish Independent

Wales star Chris Gunter has warned Ireland that they will be playing with 10 men if they take Roy Keane's advice on board. Ireland assistant manager Keane urged Ireland's players to use their brains when it comes to stopping Gareth Bale on Friday - but ...and more »

Stephen Ward says Irish teamwork must stifle Bale threat - Irish Times

Few things must inspire confidence in a player than being rolled out for press duty and being asked in a tone that clearly suggests impending disaster just how you are going to deal with a star opponent. Stephen Ward came equipped yesterday with the ...and more »

'We shall not be moved,' says Ireland's Jeff Hendrick to Wales ahead of World Cup Qualifier - Irish Mirror

Jeff Hendrick taunted Gareth Bale and Wales last night by declaring: We shall not be moved. The Republic of Ireland are the pacesetters in Group D heading into tomorrow's World Cup battle at Aviva Stadium. And Hendrick is determined for it to stay that ...and more »

'Hit him' - Assistant boss Keane's plan to stop Gareth Bale - Irish Independent

Roy Keane has urged Ireland's players to use their brains when it comes to stopping Gareth Bale on Friday - but do not to be afraid to use some brawn either. The £85m Wales star is the main threat facing Ireland in the World Cup qualifier at the Aviva ...and more »

Ireland v Wales: The game in numbers - BreakingNews.ie

Martin O'Neill's injury-hit Republic of Ireland squad face Wales in a World Cup qualifier in Dublin on Friday night. Ireland sit proudly at the top of Group D, four points better off than the Euro 2016 semi-finalists, but O'Neill will need to marshal ...and more »

Ireland have confidence to overcome Wales, says Ward - euronews

(Reuters) – Ireland are comfortably placed at the top of their World Cup qualifying group and defender Stephen Ward has said the team are confident they can beat Wales in Friday's match and increase their advantage. Ireland have won three and drawn one ...and more »

Republic of Ireland are letting the good times roll, says Ward - Belfast Telegraph

Stephen Ward has challenged the Republic of Ireland to pile pressure on Wales when the sides meet tomorrow night with three precious World Cup qualifying points at stake. A depleted Republic host the Euro 2016 semi-finalists in Dublin sitting pretty at ...and more »

Anxious. Obsessive. Closed - We've become hopelessly one-tracked in our thinking about Gareth Bale - Irish Independent

Gareth Bale will know by now that he has begun to occupy Irish imaginations in the way the drone of an incoming bomber might distract a war-time street. We don't see a Welsh team coming to Dublin to mine the World Cup road tomorrow. We see Bale.and more »