Wales v Bosnia-Herzegovina tips – Welsh can avoid defeat in Cardiff
Gareth Bale can help Wales to achieve a positive result against the Bosnians
October 8th, 2014
Chris Coleman will be dismayed not to have Aaron Ramsey at his disposal for Friday’s crunch qualifier, although Gareth Bale’s brace in Andorra illustrated that the Real Madrid star is vital to Wales’ hopes of making it to France 2016.
“We’ve got used to being without players who everyone talks about being the main boys,” Coleman said after naming a 26-man squad for the Cardiff City Stadium double-header.
“I’ve never had them altogether and we’re also without David Vaughan and Andy Crofts, so that’s four out of that midfield area.
“It’s disappointing when you lose players of the calibre of Aaron and Joe (Allen), but I’ve got confidence in those boys to come in and do a job for us.
“I’m still excited going into it because these are two huge games.”
While Belgium will be expected to come out on top of this open qualifying group, the Welsh will fancy their chances of finishing ahead of Bosnia and Israel, with Friday’s match in Cardiff representing a golden chance to seize a march on one of their rivals.
Cyprus come to the Cardiff City Stadium on Monday and a nine point haul after this double header would see Wales make a massive step towards their first major finals since 1976.
Bet365 go 12/5 about a Welsh win on Friday night, with six uncapped players featuring in the squad although hopes largely revolve around Bale who has notched 14 goals in his 45 appearances for the national team to date.
Paddy Power offer 5/1 that Bale scores the first goal of this game, with the Swansea pair of Ashley Williams and Neil Taylor bringing plenty of quality to the back four although the team are short in other areas including the attacking positions.
This explains why the Bosnians are the favourites to win the game, with bet365 once again coming up trumps with their 13/10 quote about the visitors who reached the 2014 World Cup finals only to disappoint in their group.
Edin Dzeko is the household name of this Bosnian team and the Manchester City forward is the 4/1 favourite to score the first goal, although home advantage means it might be worth swerving a bet on the away team.
A tentative bet on Wales on the Draw No Bet market looks enticing at 10/7, with the Welsh likely to keep things tight in defence, while Joe Ledley, Andy King and David Edwards can help to keep things tight.
Wales on Draw No Bet market @ 10/7 with 888sport