Wales can edge a step closer qualification in Cyprus
Wales had to battle hard to take all three points against Cyprus in Cardiff last October when Andy King was sent off shortly after half-time. But their display was an indicator that the current squad is a lot more resilient than predecessors and they’ve shown their quality since to top their group, taking four points off the classy Belgians in the process.
It really should be plain sailing towards qualification from now on for Chris Coleman’s team, as long as they can keep star man Gareth Bale fit for their remaining qualifiers.
The Real Madrid winger is a real talisman for his country and Coleman would have been delighted to see that he’s already got off the mark for his club this season.
They are well marshaled by Swansea’s Ashley Williams, who has formed a good understanding with West Brom’s James Chester. Vincent Laban did score for Cyprus at the City Of Cardiff Stadium but Wales still created more chances in that match and have a decent head-to-head record in matches against the Cypriots on the whole, winning four and losing only twice. There hasn’t been a draw so far between the countries but you can back that outcome on Thursday in Nicosia at 49/20Add to betslip.
Wales have problems in midfield for the game with Cyprus as Joe Allen, Emyr Huws and David Vaughan, who have all filled the holding role in midfield in recent matches, are injured. But six points from their next two matches would guarantee the Welsh a first appearance at a major finals for more than 50 years and it’s difficult to see them throwing all of that away now. They are currently ninth in the FIFA rankings and should beat Cyprus at 3/4Add to betslip if they hold their nerve. Wales to win by one in our Winning Margins market is 9/4Add to betslip.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Thursday, September 3rd at the GSP Stadium, Nicosia
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