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Shane Long Is Out Of tonight's Ireland Wales Game

Second-placed Wales can still win Group D - and automatic qualification to next summer's World Cup finals being held in Russian Federation - if they manage to win in Cardiff and leaders Serbia fail to beat Georgia at home, also tonight.

The game will kick-off at 19:45 at the Cardiff City Stadium in Wales.

A win would secure a least a play-off place for either side with just one point separating them going into the game, with even a draw enough for Chris Coleman's Wales.

- This victory means that Ireland ended the 2018 World Cup qualifiers unbeaten away from home (W3 D2 L0).

If the doughty Georgians pull off a shock of Buster Douglas proportions in Serbia, then a win in Cardiff will allow Ireland to leapfrog the lot and progress to Russian Federation as group winners.

Wales play Georgia on Friday 6th October, followed three days later by tonight's match against the Republic of Ireland.




1912: Here are the permutations for both teams tonight. "But as Roy (Keane) said during the week, we're missing key players as well, they're just as big players for us as he is for Wales". Ireland's players can start looking forward to the play-offs after one of the more satisfying nights under Martin O'Neill's management, capped by James McClean's expertly taken goal 12 minutes into the second half. I want to score goals for my country but I'll keep believing and it will come.

Iceland stayed on the path to becoming the smallest nation to qualify for the World Cup after beating Turkey 3-0 on Friday.

"We know they're top seeds and it's going to be a tough game but we're not afraid of anyone".

If both Wales and Croatia draw, then the two will be level on points and goal difference, with number of goals scored deciding which of them progresses.

O'Neill added: "We've put ourselves in a position where we have to win the game and Wales probably the same". Whatever game plan we have we will utilise it the best we can.

Serbia's Aleksandar Prijovic, left, is chased by his teammates after scoring the first goal of his team during their World Cup Group D qualifying soccer match between Serbia and Georgia at the Rajko Mitic stadium in Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.

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