Lack of Cypriot bite at home gives Wales excellent chance of win
Dreamland is quickly becoming reality where Wales’ potential qualification for Euro 2016 is concerned and next up Chris Coleman’s men will fancy their chances of seeing off Group B rivals Cyprus to bring that ultimate goal even closer.
The Cypriots trail group leaders Wales by five points, so with only four games left to play the result is pivotal for the home side’s own hopes of making it to France by any means necessary.
For the undefeated Welsh, whose 2-1 win over the same opposition earlier in the group is one of four already, avoiding defeat will certainly be satisfactory, though the opportunity to extend their advantage should prove too great to ignore.
Ladbrokes see another triumph for the Red Dragons as the most probable outcome at 8/11, with the draw closely behind at 23/10 and hosts Cyprus are cast as 15/4 outsiders to dent Wales’ serene progress thus far.
There is more than just their landmark victory over group favourites Belgium last time to encourage punters of Welsh’ chances however.
On Wales’ last trip away from the Millennium Stadium they defeated Israel 3-0 which serves as a benchmark for this game, especially considering Cyprus’ weak form on home soil.
A recent 5-0 win over Group B cannon fodder Andorra aside, Pambos Christodoulou’s men have been unable to pack enough punch at home to grab decisive results.
That shallow victory over Andorra was their only one in nine outings in front of their own, while five of those eight other matches saw the Cypriots draw a blank, stretching back to their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign.
Wales have proven particularly adept at soaking up pressure and pouncing on the counter in the group meanwhile, only conceding twice in six prior matches, so a win to nil looks a prime bet at 6/4.
It’s only natural Coleman’s side will once again look to the world’s most expensive footballer as the most likely source of a goal in Nicosia, after Gareth Bale made it five in six qualifiers when bagging the winner against Belgium in Cardiff.
Luckily for Ladbrokes customers, the bookmakers are offering a price boost featuring none other than the Real Madrid star, which frankly looks a belter.
The firm will be stretching the odds on Bale scoring as part of a Welsh win from 7/4 out to 3/1 from 8.00 am on the day of the match.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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