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Chris Coleman expects 'lots of contact' in Republic of Ireland clash

Chris Coleman attempts to downplay Neil Taylor's leg-breaking challenge on Seamus Coleman ahead of the latest showdown between Wales and Republic of Ireland.

Wales manager Chris Coleman has insisted that the reverse fixture against Republic of Ireland 'will have no bearing' on the two sides' latest meeting.

A World Cup qualifying playoff spot is on the line at the Cardiff City Stadium on Monday evening as the teams battle it out for second place in Group D.

Wales can still finish at the summit, though that will require Georgia taking a point off Serbia in Belgrade, while only three points will do for Ireland to claim a best-placed runners-up spot.

The Celtic rivals played out a feisty stalemate earlier this year, when Neil Taylor was dismissed for a leg-breaking challenge on Seamus Coleman, but Chris Coleman has attempted to further play down the incident.

"I don't think that will have a bearing on tomorrow night," he told reporters. "You have two sets of committed players, lots of contact I would imagine, our players know that. It was a physical game out there [in Dublin], it was unfortunate with Seamus and Tayls, it was a horrible situation, for Seamus mainly, but it's good to see he is back and not far off, Ashley Williams speaks very highly of him.

"For us, there won't be a mention of it at all. I have no idea how the Republic of Ireland are feeling or looking at it, but there won't be talk from out, it's all about the future, Ireland on Monday is the future for us.

"[Ireland] will be asking strong questions of us but we have to focus on us. I won't be talking about 1958. I will say: this is what we are up against, this is what we have to do to be successful now go our and enjoy it."

Wales and Ireland have won five games apiece in their 14 previous meetings, but the Dragons have never picked up a competitive win in this fixture.

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