Bale in buoyant mood ahead of clash with the old enemy

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It’s not often the chance for revenge comes around so quickly, but Wales can avenge their Six Nations defeat to England when the two football sides meet on Saturday.

You can guarantee that the Welsh squad will need no motivating by Gary Speed at 2.50pm on Saturday afternoon and with such an intense rivalry at stake, form goes out the window.

The last time England played a home nations side away from home they were turned over by Northern Ireland, and the Irish were a price not to dissimilar to the 13/2 for Wales to beat England.

Entering the game on the back of four defeats would usually be a warning sign for any punter looking to back a shock victory, but there’s no better feeling for a Welshman than getting one over the English and Gareth Bale and company will be driven on by 70,000 passionate home fans.

With the likes of Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Craig Bellamy, Joe Ledley and James Collins fit, Gary Speed will be able to choose a strong line-up for the first time as Wales manager, and Bale believes a shock is on the cards.

“People might laugh at us but we fully believe that we’ve got some good players here and we’ll be fully prepared and ready to take it to England,” said Bale.

With all eyes on Bale, Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley could surprise the English and with three goals in his last two starts for the Scottish side, the former Cardiff man is hitting form at the right time.

England haven’t exactly had the perfect build-up to the game and a reverse of the 1-0 scoreline from the last time the two teams met is available at 12/1.

A £20 stake on Wales beating England with a clean sheet would return £170. New customers can sign up here to get up to £60 in free bets.

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Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.