| ||Do Wales have a chance of being first In Group B, according to the bookies|
Since 1958, Wales has been trying to play in the World Cup and has never given up on this dream. And so it was that the team finally had the chance to set foot in what was sure to be an amazing journey to the World Cup. However, the play-off, scheduled for March 2022, was not to be. No sooner had Wales dusted off its boots and started looking to the match than Russia invaded Ukraine. Seeing as Wales’ fate lies in the hands of the team that wins the Ukraine vs. Scotland play-off, the team must wait about one more month to know what’s next.
When Will the Play-Off Take Place?
As things stand, the play-off will now take place on the 5th of June, 2022, four days after Ukraine and Scotland go at it on the 1st of June, 2022. It’s already evident that the stakes are high, and everyone can feel the pressure rising as the day draws close. Fans aside, what do bookies think about this match? It’s clear that they are taking advantage of the increased interest in the play-offs. After all, they have launched several football betting promotions in readiness for the influx of punters and wagers in the weeks leading up to the game. But do they have a favorite? Does Wales stand a chance to garner the best odds in June?
How Has Wales Performed So Far?
Past performance is almost always a reliable way of gauging how well a team will do in an upcoming match. And in the case of Wales, things are looking up. The team performed so well in their last match against Austria that bookies now indicate that they think Wales will be first in group B. But are they right to think so? Wales only lost one game in Group E, enabling them to come second with a 5-point difference between them and Belgium. Not bad at all.
Was their win against Austria such a big deal? Sure! Austria was in Group F and had finished fourth with one point above Wales. As much as Austria had played two extra games to garner these points, many people thought it was the stronger team. So, for Wales to beat it and secure a spot in the final play-off, many people were left shocked. And that was a pivotal point that changed the way bookies had set their odds previously.
Does the Team Have What It Takes?
Winning a play-off is not easy, and Wales must bring their A-game to that deciding moment. Does it have the resources to pull off such a move? If the preparation has anything to do with their boss, Rob Page, this team has left nothing to chance. Its players will include:
- DF: Ben Davies (Tottenham)
- DF: Conor Roberts (Burnley)
- DF: Chris Gunter (Charlton)
- DF: Ben Cabango (Swansea)
- DF: Neco Williams (Fulham)
- DF: Rhys Norrington-Davies (Sheffield United)
- DF: Chris Mepham (Bournemouth)
- DF: Joe Rodon (Tottenham)
- DF: Ethan Ampadu (Venezia)
- MF: Dylan Levitt (Dundee Utd)
- MF: Aaron Ramsey (Rangers)
- MF: Joe Allen (Stoke)
- MF: Joe Morrell (Portsmouth)
- MF: Will Vaulks (Cardiff)
- FW: Brennan Johnson (Nottingham Forest)
- FW: Dan James (Leeds)
- FW: Jonny Williams (Swindon)
- FW: Harry Wilson (Fulham)
- FW: Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)
- FW: Mark Harris (Cardiff)
- FW: Rabbi Matondo (Cercle Brugge)
- FW: Sorba Thomas (Huddersfield)
- FW: Rubin Colwill (Cardiff)
- GK: Wayne Hennessey (Burnley)
- GK: Adam Davies (Stoke)
- GK: Tom King (Salford)
The whole team was instrumental in the last win against Austria, where the final score was 2-1. Gareth Bale was the MVP, scoring a double and ensuring that the team made it to the final.
Is this the team that will play in the World Cup? When the team was playing in the EURO 2020, Rob had an allowance of 26 players as there was the risk of COVID-19 outbreaks destabilizing the lineup. But now that things have slowed down and the measures are not as strict as before, the squad will likely comprise 23 players. Whether this will be the same lineup in the World Cup, we can’t tell. However, this is the team that will go head-to-head with whichever team wins the play-off on the 1st of June.
Should you back Wales? You would be right in standing behind this great team. However, when doing so, it would be great for you to understand how bookies set odds, as this would enable you to place a much more objective wager. It also helps to learn more about the team and its opponents as you work towards making some good money out of your bet. That said, all the best!
[ photo embedded from FAW Cymru ]