We’re about 12 hours away from one of the biggest football matches in recent memory for the Republic of Ireland when Martin O’Neill’s side take on Wales in a winner-takes-all clash at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Scotland’s draw with Slovenia yesterday means that if either team wins tonight, they will be guaranteed a playoff position for qualification for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
In the possibility that Serbia loses to Georgia, either Wales or the Republic of Ireland will top the group and automatically qualify if they can win tonight.
So to put it simply, the stakes have never been higher. It seems that the Welsh football management have recognised this also and they are doing everything in their power to give their side whatever edge they can. According to a report in WalesOnline, the Welsh players have requested that the music to the Welsh national anthem, ‘Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau’, be cut after the opening bars, so that the boisterous and passionate Welsh support can sing the rest.
This occurred accidentally when the Welsh took on Georgia in Tbilisi on Friday. The music was cut too soon but the travelling support continued to sing the rest of the song regardless and it seems that the players want to recreate the situation whereby the supporters lead the anthem.
With thousands of Irish supporters arriving in Cardiff over the weekend, there is already a party atmosphere in the Welsh capital and you can fully expect an incredible atmosphere tonight.