It's a huge night for the Wales national team tonight and they will need the home fans at the Cardiff City Stadium to be as rabid as ever.

Going into the final qualifying fixture with third-placed Ireland, who are just a point behind Chris Coleman's side, Wales are on course for a play-off spot - if they are among the eight highest-ranked second-placed teams.

If Group D table-toppers Serbia, who host Georgia this evening, lose for the second consecutive game, whoever wins the crunch clash between Wales and Ireland will secure an automatic spot in next year's footballing showpiece in Russia.

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A draw will be enough to see Wales finish the qualifying campaign in second, but will not give them a definite place in the play-offs, as Croatia could well sneak in and occupy the eighth and final play-off spot given to the eight best-performing runners up. 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.

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But victory over Martin O'Neill's side all but ensures they progress to the second round. And the Welsh decided to do something very special indeed for the national anthem prior to the game.

Check it out:

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"Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau" being sung loud and proud by the Welsh sends chills down the neck - evidence being in last month's crucial qualifier against Austria where the song travelled around the stadium at the exact moment Ben Woodburn's superb match-winning strike nestled into the back of the net.

For tonight's massive game, as reported by Wales Online going into the contest, Wales players requested for the anthem to be cut out after the first few lines while they were lining up. The thinking is that as a result of the tune being stopped, the Red wall of supporters would create a beautiful a cappella version of the song that would really get the player's up for the occasion.

It follows on from 2,000 travelling fans belting out the tune prior to the 1-0 win over Georgia on Friday despite attempts from the hosts to quash the away support and their singing. The Georgia FA accidentally stopped the Welsh anthem being played after just one verse and then decided to play their own tune over the tannoy.

But that didn't deter the noisy Welsh supporters, as they proceed to finish the anthem in stunning fashion, as did the players on the pitch.

You really can't beat the Welsh national anthem...

Josh Lawless

Writer who specialises in football and wrestling. Listens to S Club 7 a bit more than a 19-year old lad probably should do.

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