Prediction and odds for the game: Wales (2/1) vs Czech Republic (7/5)
We are backing the draw at odds of 11/5
When: Tuesday, 30th March 2021, Kick-off 19:45
Where: The Cardiff City Stadium
On Tuesday night, Wales and the Czech Republic clash in Group E of European qualifying for next years World Cup.
Wales once again head into an international game without head coach Ryan Giggs, who will be absent as he on bail after allegations of assault and actual bodily harm. Former Northampton boss Robert Page continues to fill in for the former Manchester United hero.
Wales kicked off their qualifying campaign with a 3-1 defeat against group favourites Belgium. However, they followed up that defeat by beating Mexico 1-0 in a friendly match on Saturday, courtesy of a Kieffer Moore goal. The win means that the home side has now won three of their last four international outings.
The Dragons have a mixed recent record in qualifying for the World Cup, as they have won just three of their previous ten qualifiers. Their recent home record in qualifying is also inconsistent, as they have won just one of their last four qualifiers on home soil. Recent World Cup qualifiers on home soil have been relatively low-scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in five of their last six matches.
The Czech Republic have kicked off their qualifying campaign by taking four points from a possible six after a 1-1 home draw with Belgium last time out. The draw means that the visitors are unbeaten in four matches, having recorded three victories in the process. Their recent outings have been low-scoring with under 2.5 goals scored in five of their last six international outings.
The visitors have a mixed recent away record, although they have won four of their previous six international matches.
The aforementioned draw against Belgium means that the Czech Republic are undefeated in their last four World Cup qualifiers, recording three victories in the process. It ended a three-game winning run in qualifying for the visitors. They have been inconsistent on their travels in recent World Cup qualifiers, winning just three of their last seven matches on the road. The visitors have been prolific on their travels in away qualifiers, scoring 15 goals in their last five matches.
This clash could be a pivotal one, even this early in the qualifying campaign. Both teams would have had aspirations of qualifying from this group, even if that means finishing as group runners up and qualifying through the play-offs. The visitors have an early advantage, having picked up a point from their clash with Belgium. This could be a tight game and we are backing the draw.
The other bet we are backing is under 2.5 goals scored, as Wales games have been relatively low-scoring of late. The Dragons may be strong enough defensive to subdue the Czech attack.
Verdict: We are backing the draw at odds of 11/5 and/or under 2.5 goals at odds of 3/5 (All odds are taken from Bet365)[geosnippet id=3620]
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