UEFA EURO 2020 Qualifying: Wales vs Slovakia

Wales kick off their qualifying bid for UEFA EURO 2020 as they welcome Slovakia to the Cardiff City Stadium. 

 

Team news

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Aaron Ramsey has been ruled out for Wales with a thigh injury and will return to Arsenal for treatment. 

Ethan Ampadu (back), Sam Vokes (groin) and Tom Lawrence (ankle) are also ruled out for the Welsh. 

Slovakia have a full squad available after their opening win against Hungary on Thursday night. 

 

Stat Attack 

  • Wales have won their last two meetings with Slovakia but are yet to record a home win, having lost 5-1 to them in the only previous clash on Welsh soil. 
  • Both teams have managed to score in the three previous meetings. 
  • If Ashley Williams starts, he will become Wales’ joint third most capped player alongside Gary Speed with 85 appearances apiece.  

 

Prediction

I am expecting an entertaining match because both teams have proven goal scorers in them but Wales know how to play the patient game after a grinding win over Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday. 

A from behind win therefore wouldn’t be a surprise if can get an early second-half equaliser. 

Prediction: Wales 2-1 Slovakia

Result: Wales 1-0 Slovakia

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