With England and Russia completing the group, many will view this as a decisive clash in the battle to finish third, which may result in a place in the knockout stages (only two teams who finish third will be eliminated).
I’m not convinced that will be the case myself but regardless I expect both teams to go for the win and attack in this game – and Gareth Bale could be the difference.
Chris Coleman’s men impressed in qualifying but have lost three of their four friendly fixtures since. However, Bale featured in just one of those games, as a substitute in a defeat to Sweden, and there is no denying he makes a huge difference.
The 26-year-old was at pains to stress Wales are no ‘one-man team’ earlier this week but any side will struggle when a player of his quality is removed from the pitch. He has enjoyed fantastic success with Real Madrid and can now make his mark on the international stage, which is why Wales at 19/10 is my top bet. Bale can also be backed at 2/1 to score any time or 15/4 to open the scoring.
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