Wales dropped some poor points away against Slovakia on Thursday and that leaves them three points back of the top two in Group E. But they do have a game in hand over the three teams above them. Croatia are topping the group by three points. Read our Wales v Croatia betting tips for more.
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Wales played out a 1-1 draw in Slovakia on Thursday, having taken the lead in the first half of the fixture. It does leave them within touching distance of the top two, but there isn’t going to be an easy path to secure automatic qualification for next year’s Finals. Wales do have a game in hand though and because of Slovakia not playing in this round of action, Wales could jump up the table if they get a win.
But that win is going to be hard to get against a good Croatia side. Wales have only produced five goals in the group so far from their five games. They do hold the joint-best defensive record in Group E though along with Croatia. Wales have won their last four home games, all of those by a one-goal margin. They have remained undefeated in their last nine home qualifiers, conceding just one goal in their last five.
Croatia were 2-1 winners in the first group meeting
Wales have lost their last four against Croatia
Croatia have scored exactly two goals in each of their last four against Wales
Wales are D1 L4 in their overall head to head with the Croatians
Croatia have posted a W4 D1 L1 record in the group, holding a goal difference of +8. They eased to a 3-0 win over Hungary on Thursday and are now sat in a very strong position with only the two games to play in the group. So it’s likely that they are going to be occupying one of the two automatic qualification places. Will they throw a spanner in the works of Wales’ ambitions?
Croatia took a 2-1 home win over Wales when they met earlier in the campaign, but it is worth a closer look at their away form. Their 4-0 group win in Slovakia, is the only victory that they have taken in their last six away games played (D2 L3). So they have not been travelling particularly well, which should give Wales some hope. Croatia have won just two of their last seven European Championship away qualifiers.
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Wales may be able to hang on for a point in this one. Croatia haven’t been producing results away from home, and Wales do have a bit of home form behind them. It’s likely to be a low-scoring game, but the hosts can frustrate the Croatians.
12th October 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Wales are battling to get themselves through to Euro 2020. A defeat on the road in this one on Thursday would be devastating for them. They go into the game trailing Slovakia by three points. Wales have played a game less than them, but a six-point gap to make up would be a mountain. Read our Slovakia v Wales betting tips for more.
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Slovakia will be in a great position if they can get three points out of this one. They sit second in the group, trailing Croatia by a point. Earlier in the campaign, Slovakia suffered a 1-0 loss when they visited Wales so they need to get a bigger win than to hold the head to head tie-breaker advantage over Wales, if it comes down to that. Slovakia are W3 D0 L2 in the group, the other loss happening against Croatia.
Slovakia have taken only one victory in their last four European Championship home qualifiers (D1 L2) so haven’t been in hot home form. They have failed to score in three of those four as well. If you look at their overall home form to include all types of matches then they are W3 L1 in their last four. Slovakia have scored at least two goals in each of their last four successes at home.
Wales have won the last three meetings
Slovakia are W1 L3 in the overall head to head with Wales
Three of the five previous meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
The one previous meeting in Croatia ended in a 5-2 win for Wales in 2007
Wales have a game in hand over everyone else, but that’s not going to help them out if they lose this fixture. The Welsh are W2 D2 in Group G and along with their victory over Slovakia, their one other success was a narrow success at home over Azerbaijan, with Gareth Bale sparing their blushes by netting the winner about five minutes from time. They have lost in Croatia and Hungary in their road games.
It is the road form that Wales have to be concerned about. They are W2 D1 L5 in their last eight away internationals. They are currently on a three-match losing streak on their travels as well. Wales have scored in just three of their last eight out on the road. Given that two of their last three defeats away from home have happened against Albania and Hungary, both 1-0 losses, punters are going to have a hard time trusting them again Slovakia.
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Slovakia are a tough side and are good enough to reverse their loss in Cardiff from earlier in the campaign. The away form of Wales just has not been there, it hasn’t been good enough and they are unlikely to have the goals in them to win this. Home win.
9th October 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Wales are going to have to up their game in the Euro 2020 qualifiers because it hasn’t been a profitable start by them. The Welsh have taken the one win from their three games played. They will get a chance to cash in with three more points as they face bottom side Azerbaijan on Friday. Read our Wales v Azerbaijan betting tips for more.
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The Welsh have a W1 L2 record from their three qualifiers so far. They started with a good home win over Slovakia, but then back to back defeats against Croatia and Hungary have hurt them badly. Those were both defeats by a one-goal margin only. It leaves the current form of Wales at W2 L3 in their last five played (competitive and friendly). They simply can’t afford to drop points in this, which is on paper, their easiest game of the qualification process.
The positive is, is that Wales have won their last two home games, 1-0 wins over Trinidad and Tobago and Slovakia. Even better is their home record in European Championship qualifiers. Wales are on a big eight-match undefeated streak of home form in such matches, winning six of those eight. So that’s fantastic. They have conceded just one goal in total in their last eight home European Championship qualifiers as well.
Wales are on a three-match winning streak against Azerbaijan
This is the first meeting since the 2010 World Cup qualifiers
Azerbaijan have scored in just one of their six previous games against Wales
Wales are W5 D1 L0 in the head to head
Azerbaijan are bottom of Group E in the qualifiers and have no points on the board. Across their three games played they have conceded a total of ten goals. They opened with a 2-1 loss at Croatia, not a bad result at all from them, but went on to lose home games against Hungary 3-1 and Slovakia 5-1 so it has gotten worse and worse for them. Azerbaijan are now D1 L4 in their last five games played, competitive and friendly.
They had been on a good six match undefeated streak of form before that, after putting together a good Nations League campaign (W3 D3), which wasn’t enough to see them win their group. Azerbaijan are winless in their last eight European Championship qualifiers (D3 L5), losing the last five on the trot. They are still looking for their first-ever win in a European Championship qualifier away match, having only avoided defeat four times on their travels since 1994.
Wales quite simply have to take their chances on home soil in this one against a team who are currently out of form. The Dragons don’t look to have a great deal of scoring threat themselves but can collect three points in a low-scoring game. Wales to win to nil.
5th September 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Hungary are the Group E leaders with six points on the broad from their two games so far. Wales are having to play a bit of catch up now after some poor defending led to their demise against Croatia on the weekend. Another defeat could be highly costly for them. Read our Hungary v Wales betting tips for more.
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Hungary are W2 L1 from their three qualifications matches so far. One of those wins were on home soil against Croatia, a superb 2-1 success. That is four wins in their last five games now that Hungary have collected so they are in pretty good shape at the moment (l1). The one defeat that they suffered in that sequence was a 2-0 away defeat at Slovakia in their open Euro 2020 qualifiers. They are currently on a four-match winning streak at home it is worth noting. Hungary scored exactly two goals in each of those home wins.
Back in the nations League, Hungary finished second behind Finland and they did claim a win in all three of their home games (Finland, Greece and Estonia). So they may very well present a bit of a challenge for the Welsh in this fixture. A win would actually leave them in a pretty strong position, but they have already played a game more than Wales have done in the group.
The last meeting was in 2005, Wales winning 2-0 in a home friendly
Wales have won the last two meetings with Hungary
The last competitive meetings between them was in Euro ‘76 qualifiers
Wales are W5 D2 L3 from their previous games against Hungary
Wales basically threw points away in Croatia. They lost 2-1 there because of some bad defending. David Brooks got their consolation in the 77th minute of the fixture. Even though they were heavily second best in terms of possession in the game, they did produce six shots on target against the two from Croatia. That defeat came after Wales had opened their Euro 2020 qualifiers with a home success over Slakova.
Wales are W4 L5 in their last nine games so they are hit and miss. They do have problems in getting enough goals. They haven’t scored more than one goal in any of their last eight fixtures now. Walse have lost three of their last four away games as well now, scoring just the two goals in that sequence of fixtures. This is a big game for them at this stage. A win puts them level on points with Hungary, but still with a game in hand over them. Basically, anything out of this away game would be a decent return for the Welsh, especially considering the home form that Hungary have been in.
This is not an easy game for the Welsh here. Hungary should be more than a match for them on the night. The temptation is to simply go with the home side here, especially as underdogs because Wales do struggle to get themselves goals. Home win.
9th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Croatia have had mixed fortunes at the start of their Euro 2020 qualification campaign, winning one and losing one. This will be a big home game for them over the Welsh, who are level on points with them but having had played a game less. Equally then for Wales, this is a chance to gain a bit of control at the top of the group. Read our Croatia v Wales betting tips for more.
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Croatia opened their campaign with a 2-1 home win over Azerbaijan. They had to fight back from being behind in that game as well. Then came a blow in their second fixture as they lost 2-1 out in Hungary. That leaves them with a bit of a mixed run of form, going W3 D2 L3 in their last eight games. So there has been a natural drop off from them after that epic run to the World Cup Final last summer. They have lost two of their last three games played now which includes their loss against England in their final Nations League match.
Croatia found themselves bottom of their Nations League group behind England and Spain. They were still a tough side to beat there as they took a 3 -2 home win over Spain, having lost 6-0 to them away from home. Then they looked on course for a win at Wembley before England stuck back in the final fifteen minutes to topple them. There has been no clean sheet from Croatia in any of their last five games. However they have scored in each of those fixtures in that sequence.
Croatia are W3 D1 from their four previous games against Wales
Croatia have beat Wales in each of the last three meetings
Wales have collected exactly two goals in each of their last three against Croatia
This will be the first meeting since the World Cup 2014 qualifiers
This will be the second game in the Euro 2020 qualifier for Wales. They opened with a home win over Slovakia which was so important for them. The Welsh hadn’t been in the greatest of form, so needed that lift. They had lost four of six games prior to that win over Slovakia. Each of the last three wins that Wales have earned have all been by a 1-0 scoreline. They have taken a clean sheet in four for their last five players, so that has been on positive aspect of their game.
They are looking like a side who are struggling for goals at the moment though. Back in the Nations League, they posted a W2 L2 record, beating Ireland twice and losing twice against Denmark. Clearly, their home form in this qualification group is going to be crucial for them and this will be the toughest of the away games in the entire campaign. A point out of it wouldn’t be a disaster for the Welsh.
Wales may not have the scoring power going forward to be able to topple the Croatians away from home. Croatia are probably going to have enough in the bank to get the win, but there’s every chance that Wales are going to keep things tight. The one goal margin for the home win looks to have good appeal.
5th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Wales will be looking for a flying start to Euro 2020 qualification. They warmed up with a friendly win over Trinidad in midweek. The Dragons will be playing host to Slovakia who kicked off their qualification campaign with a game against Hungary on Thursday with a win. Read our Wales v Slovakia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 22nd, 2019 at 8:34 p.m.)
It is a big night Wales on home soil as they start their Euro 2020 qualification campaign against Slovakia. The Dragons need a good win in this game to get themselves up and running with some early momentum. This game is in Group E of qualification and also joining the Welsh and Slovakians in the group are Croatia, Azerbaijan and Hungary. Wales earned a 1-0 international friendly victory over Trinidad and Tobago in midweek, the Welsh sending out an under-strength side. In their last six games, Wales have lost 4 and won 2. In Cardiff, they have lost two of their last three.
During their UEFA Nations League campaign Wales took a 4-1 victory over Ireland before losing 2-1 against Denmark in their home fixtures. Wales have only managed to score more than one goal in two of their last 10 internationals. They have produced at least one goal in four of their last five played though. Their main man Gareth Bale is the 7/5 anytime goalscorer favourite for the game* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 22nd, 2019 at 8:34 p.m.).
Slovakia have already started their Euro 2020 qualification campaign. They hosted Hungary in midweek and produced a 2-0 home success to give the Falcons a solid start. They did not have a good Nations League campaign though as they finished behind Ukraine and the Czech Republic. Looking back at their World Cup 2018 qualification Slovakia was pretty solid as they put in a second place finish behind England.
Their form has been hit and miss overall since the start of September as they have gone W3 D1 L3 in their last seven internationals. It is worth noting that they have lost each of their last four competitive away games though. Just as Wales have done, Slovakia have scored in all but one of their last five games. Given that they already have three points on the board in the qualification group, they will probably be relatively happy with a point out of this trip to Cardiff.
Slovakia are likely going to come and defend and they are probably not going to be knocked over easily. Wales can get at them with a quick start though and make it count home soil. Wales to win at 11/10 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 22nd, 2019 at 8:34 p.m.).
22nd March 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting