Slovakia v Wales - Football Live Match Preview

Slovakia - Wales

Wales haven't been entirely convincing under Ryan Giggs to date, but have a big opportunity for an important win here in Slovakia.

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Wales were one of the success stories of the last Euros, shocking pundits to reach the semi-finals in France, but it's not been quite the same since Chris Coleman's departure. Ryan Giggs has given a number of young and relatively inexperienced youngsters their international debuts.

That could well pay dividends for the future, but results have suffered and their progress to Euro 2020 hangs in the balance. An away win here would draw them level with second-place Slovakia, and they'll call upon the top-level experience of Juventus' Aaron Ramsey and Real Madrid's Gareth Bale alongside the emerging talents like Daniel James and Harry Wilson here. 

Ramsey and Bale have struggled with injuries in recent years so this presents a rare opportunity for the senior players to make an impact together and turn Wales' fortunes around.

They've got a good record against the Slovakians though, winning each of the last three meetings since a 1-5 home defeat in the real fallow years of Welsh football, 2006. But Slovakia have won five of their last six home qualifying matches in the Euros and World Cup and will be confident on their own patch, although the defeat they did suffer was a comprehensive 4-0 defeat to Croatia last time out.

We recommend going for a draw here. Wales have looked less than the sum of their parts under Ryan Giggs and struggle for regular wins, while Slovakia will be tough to beat on their own patch. 

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Gareth Bale to score anytime and 1/1 draw – 14/1 with Bet365

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League Table

Place Team GP Won Draw Lost GF GA +/- Points
1 Croatia 8 5 2 1 17 7 10 17
2 Wales 8 4 2 2 10 6 4 14
3 Slovakia 8 4 1 3 13 11 2 13
4 Hungary 8 4 0 4 8 11 -3 12
5 Azerbaijan 8 0 1 7 5 18 -13 1

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