The European qualifiers continue to come thick and fast. Wales will launch their campaign on Sunday and Ryan Giggs’ side can start with a win Cardiff.
Giggs left his stars on the bench for the midweek friendly win over Trinidad and Tobago but Gareth Bale will be back in the fold for this Cardiff City Stadium tussle. With memories of Euro 2016 still relatively fresh in the memory, this Welsh squad will be eager for a fast start and a return to tournament football.
Indeed, they must still wonder how they allowed a toothless Republic of Ireland side to end their World Cup hopes in Cardiff in the previous campaign.
Giggs has made plenty of reference to Wales’ extra preparation time for this game, with Slovakia having overcome Hungary on Thursday night. They’ll want to make that count.
Despite the uncertainty over his future, Bale continues to deliver in a Real Madrid jersey when given the chance. He can be difference here and is 3/1 to score the opening goal.
If there was a time to back against Germany, this surely is it. They were inept last summer at the World Cup, crashing out at the group stage, and fared little better in the Nations League in the autumn – they lost 3-0 in Amsterdam to the Dutch and surrendered a two-goal advantage in the home tie in Gelsenkirchen.
Joachim Low talked too much of transition and such things after their 1-1 friendly draw with Serbia in midweek to suggest Germany are back on course.
Having failed to make the previous two major tournaments, the Netherlands and Ronald Koeman are on a mission. That 3-0 win here in the autumn will fuel their belief, while they kick-started this campaign with a 4-0 win over Belarus on Thursday.