Coleman: Wales ready for huge test

07 October 2017 04:37:31 EST

Wales boss Chris Coleman is expecting a "huge test" from Republic of Ireland in Monday's crucial final World Cup qualification game in Cardiff.

The Welsh mantained their place in second spot in Group D after Tom Lawrence's second half goal handed them a 1-0 win in Georgia on Friday evening.

However, with group leaders Serbia losing 3-2 in Austria, both Wales and Ireland know a win in their clash on Monday could see them automatically qualify for next summer's finals.

All we can do is work hard and take care of our business. We have a huge test on Monday against the Republic of Ireland. We have a gameplan and we will see where it takes us.

Chris Coleman

But if Serbia win their final game against Georgia on Monday then a point for Wales would be enough to clinch second and a possible play-off place, while the Irish must win.

Coleman is expecting a difficult game against Martin O'Neill's side, who remain a point behind them in the group after a 2-0 win against Moldova on Friday, but he claims to have plan to overcome them.

Coleman told Sky Sports: "The players didn't disappoint. It was a tough surface and we found it difficult at times.

"We made some great situations, which we didn't always capitalise on - but the commitment from the lads was great.

"All we can do is work hard and take care of our business. We have a huge test on Monday against the Republic of Ireland. We have a gameplan and we will see where it takes us.

"It was always going to be tight in this group and I felt it would always go down to the last game."

Wales are 23/20 to win the game and 7/1 to qualify as Group D winners, while Ireland are 14/5 to pick up the three points and the draw is 12/5.

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