Wales v Spain Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

October 08, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Millennium Stadium - International Friendly

Ryan Giggs faces a huge test as Wales boss in midweek, as international football heavyweights Spain head to Cardiff for a friendly fixture.

Past Meetings

These two sides have never faced each other before in international action, but Spain head into this game with a 100% record under new manager Luis Enrique.

Team News

Giggs has called up Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale, alongside Premier League stars Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies for this game. However experienced duo Neil Taylor and Joe Ledley both miss out through injury for Wales.

Spain can call on Sergio Ramos and Sergio Busquets to provide the experience, alongside emerging young talent including Saul Niguez, Rodri and Marco Asensio.

Wales v Spain Preview and Predictions

Spain looked revitalized under Enrique, despite the international retirements of Gerard Pique, David Silva and Andres Iniesta, with a youthful verve underpinning impressive wins over England and Croatia in the opening round of fixtures in the Euro Nations League last month.

Wales have started life under Giggs positively, with a 4-1 win over the Republic of Ireland in their first competitive game under the former Manchester United star, however they followed that up with a defeat away in Denmark.

Both sides have a Euro Nations League game to follow this friendly, and they may opt for under strength sides for this game, but even with some of their stars rested, Spain should still have enough to win - with an away win available at 1/2.

However with Bale in their ranks, and plenty of confidence around the squad currently, Wales will want to put on a show in front of their home fans, and with that in mind, a both teams to score bet is at 21/20.

Recommended Bets

Spain to win 2-1 at 7/1

Spain look ready to return to the top tier of international football under Enrique, with their new wave of talent looking particularly exciting and hungry for major honours. Wales also look promising, but this will be a tough examination of Giggs' methods with the national side.

Gareth Bale to score anytime at 2/1

Bale will be up against a few of his Real Madrid team mates in this clash, and he will be eager to remind them of his capabilities in an opposition shirt. He scored a spectacular goal in the win over Ireland, and he has four goals under Giggs' management, and four goals for Real so far this season.

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