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Wales vs Slovakia Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

14:10 SAST 2019/03/22
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Our tipster is backing Ryan Giggs' side to get their Euro 2020 qualification campaign off to a dream start with victory in Cardiff this weekend

Wales kick off their Euro 2020 qualification campaign in Cardiff on Sunday afternoon.

The Dragons, then under the stewardship of Chris Coleman, reached the semi-final stage of this competition in 2016. Ryan Giggs has since replaced Coleman in the dugout and will be desperate to lead his country to the finals.

Slovakia provide the opposition this weekend, as they did in the opening fixture of Wales' remarkable adventure in France three years ago. The hosts should come into this clash in confident mood. Ben Woodburn's late winner earned Giggs' men a 1-0 victory against Trinidad and Tobago on Wednesday.

Latest odds

Wales are available at 11/10 (2.10) to get their qualification campaign off to a perfect start with victory in Cardiff. Slovakia opened their qualifying campaign with a comfortable 2-0 win against Hungary in Trnava on Thursday night.

Pavel Hapal's men are a 13/5 (3.60) shot to maintain momentum with a win in Wales. The draw is chalked up as a 9/4 (3.25) chance with bet365 ahead of Sunday's showdown.

Team news

Ethan Ampadu, Sam Vokes and Tom Lawrence are sidelined for Sunday's showdown. Ben Davies, Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey and Gareth Bale, however, will return to the fold after sitting out of Wednesday's friendly fixture.

Newcastle United's Martin Dubravka will take his place in goal for the visitors. Marek Hamsik, Slovakia's most-capped footballer, will be asked to pull the strings for Hapal's men. Ondrej Duda and Albert Rusnak will be hungry for more goals after finding the net in midweek.

Home comforts

Slovakia have lost six of their last seven matches away from home. Furthermore, Hapal's side have failed to score in each of their last three competitive clashes on their travels.

By contrast, Wales have found the target in five of their last six home matches. The hosts can be backed at 5/4 (2.25) with bet365 to keep a clean sheet. The same firm go 11/5 (3.20) that Wales win to nil against Slovakia.

History to repeat

Wales were 2-1 winners against Slovakia when these teams met in the group stages of Euro 2016.  A repeat of that scoreline can be backed at 17/2 (9.50) with bet365 this weekend.

The hosts are available at 5/2 (3.50) to lead at both half-time and full-time. The Dragons did just that on that day in Bordeaux three years ago. Wales, however, have failed to score a first-half goal in six successive outings.

Prediction

Given Slovakia's struggles on the road, backing a Welsh win could provide punters with a path to profit. The 11/10 (2.10) quote from bet365, then, for Giggs' side to pick up all three points on Sunday could represent real value.

Odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Wales to win at 11/10 (2.10) for a 2pt stake at bet365