Stadionul Zimbru - World Cup Qualifying
It’s another must-win game for Wales on Tuesday night, as Chris Coleman’s side travel to Moldova who are bottom of Group D. The hosts are yet to win a game so far in their World Cup qualifying campaign, with the Dragons heavy favourites for this one.
Wales have only ever played in Moldova once, losing 3-2 in a European Championship qualifier. This was over 20 years ago though, and earlier in this campaign Wales trounced Moldova 4-0 at the Cardiff City Stadium. Sam Vokes and Joe Allen put the hosts in charge that day, before Gareth Bale bagged a brace.
After making positive changes to his team and formation at half time, Coleman could give Andy King a start in this one. The Wales boss could look to exploit the high that Liverpool teenager Ben Woodburn is on, as Saturday’s hero pushes Tom Lawrence for a place in the side.
Moldova were expectedly beaten 3-0 against Serbia at the weekend. They’ve only scored four times in their seven Group D fixtures so far, but one of their main goal threats will be Radu Ginsari who plays for Israeli side Hapoel Haifa.
Moldova v Wales Preview and Predictions
After that 4-0 demolition of Moldova, Wales went on a run of five successive draws which have dented their hopes of qualifying for next year’s World Cup in Russia. The victory over Austria on Saturday has given them a much-needed boost, as they try to make up the lost ground on Serbia and the Republic of Ireland.
It was a nervous evening for the home fans in Cardiff, before 19-year-old Woodburn hammered in the only goal of the game just four minutes into his international debut. Now Wales face away fixtures against Moldova and then Georgia. If they win these two games, then it’s likely to be a barnstorming occasion in the Welsh capital next month when Ireland come to town.
That game could decide which of the two countries qualifies automatically, makes the playoffs or misses out altogether. With so much at stake, the bookmakers fancy Wales to keep their part of the bargain going. Coleman’s side are available at 2/5 to pick up the win on Tuesday.
Their opponents Moldova have two points to show for their efforts so far, both won against fellow strugglers Georgia. The home side start as long as 12/1 in the betting, while the draw’s priced at 7/2.
Wales to win to nil at 13/15
You can get twice the value from your bet on an away win by predicting that Moldova won’t manage to score against Wales.
Ben Woodburn to score the only goal of the game at 28/1
Surely he couldn’t do it again - could he? Back the youngster to repeat his magic from the weekend and complete an astonishing week for the promising forward.