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Although a 3-1 defeat away at Belgium on the opening day was hardly a disastrous result, Wales have it all to do in Group E with the Czech Republic making a fantastic start to qualification.
With Belarus and Estonia expected to struggle, these two sides should be battling it out for second behind Belgium, so this is very much a must not lose night for the Welsh.
The Czech Republic opened their World Cup campaign with a resounding 6-2 win over Estonia in Poland, with West Ham’s impressive midfielder Tomas Soucek bagging a hat-trick, and followed it up with a surprise draw hosting Belgium.
They can however be hit and miss on their travels, suffering defeats away to the likes of Kosovo and Bulgaria in the Euro qualifying campaign and going down at Hampden Park to Scotland in the Nations League.
We’d expect a tight encounter in Cardiff on Tuesday, especially as only three of the visitor’s past 14 appearances have been settled one way or the other by more than a single strike.
Aside from their recent win over an Estonia side ranked at 108th in the world by FIFA, each of their past five results have featured fewer than three goals and their hosts aren’t often involved in high-scoring affairs either.
Wales And The Czech Republic To Draw
The Dragons have seen a maximum of two goals in 12 of 15 outings following their 1-0 win over Mexico on Saturday, as well as just one strike or less in five of their past seven.
A defensive resilience serves them well, but goals are hard to come by and Wales have managed to score more than once in just four of 25 matches now – with those exceptions coming against Azerbaijan (twice), Hungary and Finland. A defeat here would hand Wales an almighty uphill task to catch up, and it would be a real surprise if they deviated from tried and tested methods.
Caretaker Robert Page named a weakened line-up against Mexico, with the competitive fixtures of far greater importance, so his key stars should be reasonably fresh for this encounter.
However, he is missing some experience in the absence of Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies, while Joe Allen looks set to miss out having lasted just seven minutes against Belgium in his first appearance in national team colours since 2019.
There is better news for James Lawrence, who started the game against Belgium, with quarantine restrictions in Germany easing for the St. Pauli centre-back to be given the green light to travel.
Wales do have a good recent record on home turf, winning nine of 11 unbeaten games since the start of 2019.
However, the standard of opposition hasn’t been the greatest and without any truly commanding victories to speak of, their visitors should be able to pick up a vital point.
The Czech Republic aren’t appetizing enough to get fully behind at the prices, but against a team that are unlikely to prove expansive, the draw look a decent price.
Wales And The Czech Republic To Draw At 11/5
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