Wales faces Northern Ireland in warm-up match

In their last 94 meetings, Wales have won 44, Northern Ireland have won 27 and there have been 23 draws.

Euro 2016

Wales will feel disadvantaged as they play against Northern Ireland on March 24, 2016, without many of their first-team players in the Euro 2016 warm-up match.


The players in question are the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Ben Davies, Hal Robson-Kanu, among others.

Manager, Chris Coleman, believes it is going to be a tough encounter considering the opponent they are facing.

Coleman said, "I know Northern Ireland Michael O'Neill and I know the mentality of his team. They won't be wanting to come here thinking it is just a little warm-up game before the tournament."

"It will be a bit feisty and that's what we want."

"When we play each other we don't want to lose to a neighbouring country."

Northern Ireland also share the same plight as their opponent, Wales. They are without defender Chris Baird and midfielder Chris Brunt, who will miss Euro 2016.

Team coach, Michael O'Neill, believes the his players might not provide the feisty test that his opponents are expecting.

Considering how close the Euro 2016 is, the players might not want to risk getting injured during the match.

"At this stage of the season, both sets of players will have an eye on the summer so, while we'll want the game to be competitive, I think an element of common sense will prevail," he added.

Arsenal FC's Aaron Ramsey, and his national team mates, James Collins, Andy King and David Edwards have been sidelined through injury and illness.

Gareth Bale won't be featuring after a joint decision between Wales and Real Madrid.


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