On Saturday evening, Wales face a crucial trip to Azerbaijan in their penultimate qualifying game of Group E in qualifying for Euro 2020.
Azerbaijan (Odds of 7/1 for victory)
The home side has endured another disappointing qualifying campaign. There were no big expectations of the minnows going into their Group D campaign, so they have not let anybody down by taking just a point from their six games so far. They have struggled for wins in the international game of late, winning just in their last ten matches.
Azerbaijan’s recent record in qualifying has been poor of late, as they have failed to win in 11 qualifiers, suffering eight defeats in the process. They have also won just one of their last 18 qualifiers. A poor defensive record has plagued the home side of late in qualification, as they have conceded at least two goals in seven of their last nine matches.
Unsurprisingly, Azerbaijan’s recent home record in qualifying is poor, as they have failed to win in five home qualifiers, winning just once in nine games for qualification for the European Championships. Both teams have scored in Azerbaijan’s last four outings in home qualifiers.
Wales (Odds of 1/ 2 for victory)
The Dragons are still in contention to qualify for next years tournament. However, Ryan Giggs team are currently fourth in the group, four points behind Hungary, who have played an extra game. However, third place Slovakia are currently two points ahead of the visitors. They have the rather more difficult fixture of a trip to Croatia in their seventh group game.
The situation is simple for Wales, if they win both their remaining games and Slovakia fails to win against Croatia, then the Dragons will qualify for Euro 2020, as their last group game is at home to second place Hungary.
Ryan Giggs side head into this game on the back of a three-game unbeaten run in qualifying, but successive draws against Slovakia and group leaders Croatia have hindered their qualification chances. The draws mean that Wales have won just once in their last five qualifiers. That record has to change if they are to book a spot at Euro 2020, which would be only Wales’ third ever international tournament appearance.
With only a victory really good enough to boost their qualification chances, the fact that they have failed to win in four away qualifiers, suffering three defeats is not going to help the confidence of the players. However, this game seems to be the perfect opportunity for the visitors to end their poor away run in qualifying.
This is a must-win game for Wales and we are backing them to record a rare away win at odds of 1/ 2. The other bet we are recommending is Gareth Bale to score anytime at odds of 20/21, as the winger has scored in two Wales last three games and is a player for the big moment. His team needs him to produce in this clash and we believe he will.
Verdict: Back the away win at odds of 1/ 2 and Gareth Bale to be an anytime scorer at odds of 20/21. (All odds are taken from Bet365).
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Can Wales pull-off the victory they need to boost their Euro 2020 qualification hopes?