Do Arsenal want Ramsey and Wales at World Cup? Maybe not
- Author: Angelo Rivera Oct 10, 2017,
Oct 10, 2017, 0:07
O'Neill will welcome back wingers Robbie Brady and James McClean after the pair missed Friday's 2-0 win over Moldova through suspension.
Ireland finished the campaign with 19 points, two behind Serbia, who beat Georgia 1-0 to clinch top spot and an automatic place in next year's finals.
While Wales are without Bale, O'Neill believes the absence of Coleman is "as big a loss to us".
Elsewhere in Group E, Denmark were held 1-1 by Romania in Copenhagen after Ciprian Deac's late header cancelled out Christian Eriksen's second-half penalty, but the point was enough to secure the Dane's play-off place.
For Wales, the stakes are equally high, as even though a draw will keep them second it might not be enough for them to reach the play-offs.
But a win for Croatia or Ukraine would scupper Wales. The current format ranks the nine teams on their records against the first, third, fourth and fifth teams in the group, with the best eight qualifying for the play-offs. A win can also mean top spot should Serbia draw with (combined with an emphatic Ireland win) or lose to Georgia. In the last four head to head stats between these two teams, three matches ended in a draw and one match won by Republic of Ireland.
Chris Coleman (Wales): "We're on risky ground if we go in with a game plan of trying to soak the pressure up for 90 minutes".
"The good thing about it is we've been here before, so we've got that experience. We have 90 minutes to try to get a goal, and I think the approach will be similar to the one against Italy in Lille". We have to do that - it's our strength.
If Ireland fail to win, then Martin O'Neill's men will not be going to Russian Federation next summer.
"I just want to focus on Monday now that tonight's game is out of the way".
"We played really well in patches and created plenty of chances throughout the game, so we can use that and go forward into the Israel game tomorrow full of confidence".
"We look at the opposition, we get a game-plan and that changes, whether he's in the team or not".
"It comes with being a striker - you're always going to be judged on goals. So let's go for it".