Wales vs Spain Betting Tip and Prediction
- Updated: 11th October 2018
Wales vs Spain – International Friendly :Under the command of the legendary former international Ryan Giggs since last January
The Welsh national team intends to continue their path of improvement of their football on an international level.
After their fantastic performance in the EURO 2016, the Welsh have failed to qualify for the last World Cup and that originated their decision to appoint Giggs to lead the national team.
After the last friendly match played in the end of the month of May, that finished with a 0-0 draw against Mexico, in California, where the Americans were clearly superior and were “only” unable to score against over 80 000 people.
Wales started their participation in the Nations League in the best possible fashion, by battering the Republic of Ireland by 4-1 with an eye-catching performance, on September 6th, in Cardiff.
On the 2nd round, they have lost in Aarhus, against Denmark, by 2-0, on a close and balanced match, but where the hosts showed more and decisive effectiveness on the two sides of the pitch.
This friendly against Spain appears before next Tuesday’s trip to Dublin where Wales will once again face the Republic of Ireland, on a match counting towards the 4th round of the group 4 of the B league of the Nations League.
Right now, the Welsh occupy the 2nd place of the group, with the same 3 points of Denmark and 3 more points than the Irish.
After having been subbed off with a minor injury on the last Real Madrid’s match, Gareth Bale is doubtful for this match and it is possible that he won’t play, in order to be fully fit for the next official match of the national team.
Spain is going through a period of adaptation to a new reality, now with Luis Enrique in charge of the technical staff that saw Lopetegui leave hours before their debut in the World Cup in Russia.
With an impromptu solution called Hierro ahead of the team, the Spaniards have dropped with a bang on the 8th finals, against the hosts, with their elimination being confirmed on penalties after the 1-1 in regulation.
Luis Enrique’s debut as manager happened on the first match counting towards the Nations League, where Spain is place in the group 4 of the
A league alongside the English and Croatian national teams, that finished the last World Cup in the top 4.
Still, the response given on the pitch a month ago by “La Roja” was fantastic, starting off with a victory in Wembley, against England, by 2-1,
with a 1st half of the highest quality and then a 6-0 mauling of the world vice-champions Croatia, in Elche, on a match where the score line speaks for itself.
Before hosting the Englishmen next Monday on an official match, Spain travels to the Principality Stadium, in Cardiff, without being able to count with the contribute of Dani Carvajal, Sergi Roberto and Diego Costa, while Isco is still in recovery and therefore still doubtful.
I believe that Ryan Giggs intends to give his team attractive football, more focused on bigger offensive concerns than defensive ones.
Still, it’s clear that against a team of the quality of the Spanish one, to obtain a good result, they will have to pay more attention to the defensive aspect.
However, I don’t expect to see a match where Wales will only settle to exclusively occupying the final third of their pitch, in order to limit the spaces to Spain, especially playing in front of their own crowd.
Wales vs Spain – Betting Tip and Prediction:
What the Spaniards have shown on the first two matches with Luis Enrique in charge was spectacular, after the good display in England, they’ve demolished Croatia with a 6-0 bang in front of their own fans.
I believe that against a team with Wales’ defensive organization, they won’t exactly feel that many difficulties to create some goal scoring chances, although they might struggle a bit on defence, since that with Giggs, this team reaches the final third with some criteria
and, although eventually without Bale, they should have conditions to create something.
Regardless, I believe that this will be a match that finishes with at least 3 goals scored, on an “Over” that can even be beaten exclusively by “La Roja”.
On the absence of elements like Diego Costa and Isco, others should rise to the occasion to prove to Luis Enrique that they have value to feature amongst the first choices and I believe that nonchalance will never be the reason for a possible “red” in this bet.
|Betting Tip / Prediction||Odd||Stake||Bookmaker||Status|
|over 2.5 goals|