Wales v Azerbaijan Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
September 03, 2019
Cardiff City Stadium - Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Wales face Azerbaijan on Friday evening, with the sides taking up the bottom two spots of their European Championship qualifiers group. That being said, a win for the Welsh could see them leapfrog Slovakia or Croatia into third place.
Wales have never lost against Azerbaijan, although have managed just a 1-0 win in both of their last meetings. David Edwards scored in Baku back in 2009, whilst Sam Vokes was the match-winner in the home leg.
Ryan Giggs will be without Aaron Ramsey for Friday's game, with Manchester United youngster Dylan Levitt stepping up in his place. With former captain Ashely Williams left out of the squad, Wales will be short on international experience, and hoping that their young players step up.
Wolves fans will be keen to catch a glimpse of their summer signing Renat Dadashov, who has played a bit part role in Nikola Jurčević's midfield so far this campaign. The 20-year-old may hope to start, although will have to compete with star midfielder Richard Almeida de Oliveira. Ramadil Saydaev is expected to start up front with Ağabala Ramazanovon the right flank.
Wales v Azerbaijan Predictions and Preview
Friday night's fixture is a must win game for Wales. Hosting Azerbaijan at the Cardiff City stadium, anything other than all three points would give Ryan Giggs' side an all but insurmountable job to qualify for Euro 2020.
Fortunately for The Dragons, the are coming up against a side that has yet to take a single point in the qualifiers, and one that is ranked 109th in the world according to FIFA. Nikola Jurčević's side have struggled immensely and were beaten 5-1 by Slovakia in their last game, the only side that Wales have beaten in their own campaign.
Giggs' team, by contrast, are rated 24th globally, and will be glad to welcome back their captain, Gareth Bale. The Real Madrid winger missed a number of fixtures for Wales over the past season through injury, but has seemingly re-discovered his form following a brace against Valencia last weekend. If the manager can unlock the former Tottenham man's potential, he has a more than strong enough side to provide the platform for Bale to perform.
With a young side, full of potential, Giggs will have to be careful not to place too much pressure on his team. Azerbaijan will come out on Friday looking to frustrate Wales, and it is only by playing a patient, fast-paced game that they will come out on top. Wales have the quality on paper, but it remains to be seen how this translates on the pitch.
Wales to win to nil at 4/6
The Welsh may not have the strongest back line at the moment, but are likely to have too much of the ball to be overly concerned with conceding.
Over 2.5 goals scored at 10/11
Azerbaijan's last two games have seen them ship eight goals.