Wales v Slovakia: Dragons to tear through Slovaks’ slow defence

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Wales and Slovakia are both about to make history by playing their first ever game at a European Championship, but with the Dragons’ dynamic frontline up against a sluggish Slovakian defence, it’s Chris Coleman’s men who will be smiling at full-time in Bordeaux.

Despite their recent win against a sloppy and distracted Germany side, Slovakia offer little to fear up front, having failed to score against the likes of Latvia, Northern Ireland and Belarus in recent months.

And with Jan Kozak’s men having fallen short in attack against those sides, the chances of them breaching a Welsh backline who conceded just four goals in qualifying, look very slim indeed.

That means backing Coleman’s boys to keep a clean sheet at 6/4 looks to be a very shrewd bet.

In terms of match betting, the smart money appears to be on Wales at 9/5, while Slovakia can be backed at 15/8, with 2/1 for a draw.

However, the chance of the central European side keeping the Dragons at bay looks unlikely, with the creative firepower of Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Gareth Bale sure to prove too hot for the ageing and creaky Slovenski sokoli defence.

With Kozak’s charges frequently goal-shy and Wales happy to get in front and see out a lead without throwing caution to the wind, a 2-0 win at 10/1 looks to be the best scoreline bet.

Meanwhile, Bale’s many fans will be keen to back him as last goalscorer at 4/1, a feat he managed five times during qualification for Euro 2016.

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Dave Burin

Dave graduated with an MA in English Literature at Durham University, and worked in marketing before joining the Ladbrokes News team. A Man United fan and avid groundhopper, he’s also an ardent follower of Rugby League. You can usually find him at a ground near you, clutching a big cup of tea.