Bale Out! Wales are out to 7/1 to beat England on Saturday

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England have been given a huge boost ahead of their Group G qualifier with Wales on Saturday and as a result, are now in to 2/5 to beat Wales.

Gareth Bale will miss the clash with England due to a hamstring injury he suffered training with Tottenham Hotspur last week leaving Gary Speed unable to pick his strongest eleven for a clash that the Welsh fans have been eargerly anticipating.

As a result Wales are out to 7/1 from 13/2 to beat England on Saturday and the Welsh find themselves friendless in the Wales vs England betting market.

“Due to a hamstring problem, Gareth Bale has had to withdraw from the Wales squad to face England,” a Football Association of Wales statement said.

It puts a huge dampener on the sell-out occasion as Wales fans would have surely been looking forward to Bale terrorising England right-back Glen Johnson, and the Liverpool full-back will be breathing a sigh of relief with the news.

It’s not all bad news for Wales who have Craig Bellamy, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Ledley and captain James Collins fit for the tie with their local rivals, but at 7/1 to win the betting market suggests that a Wales win would be a huge shock.

An intense and passionate 70,000 crowd inside the Millennium Stadium on Saturday will create a difficult atmosphere for England to play in, and with that kind of support behind them the Welsh squad will be sure to up their game.

However the loss of Bale will come as a real blow to his team mates and Tottenham Hotspur will be hoping the injury is not too serious as they target a Champions League run in a tournament they are 18/1 to win.

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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.