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Wales vs Ukraine betting tips: World Cup Play-off Final preview, predictions and odds

The only two previous competitive meetings between these two both ended in 1-1 draws in World Cup 2002 qualifying.

Wales have lost just two of their last 25 competitive home games; Denmark and Republic of Ireland the only teams to beat them since September 2013. Ukraine though are looking to win four consecutive competitive away games for the first time since 2005, the last time they made it to a World Cup incidentally.  

Under 2.5 goals is 1/2.

Under 2.5 goals and both teams to score NO is 10/11.

Wales to win in 90 minutes and both teams to score NO is 3/1.

Wales to qualify for the World Cup is 10/11.

Gareth Bale has scored 27 goals in 61 qualification games, 16 of which have come in Cardiff. He is 9/2 to break the deadlock and 7/4 to add to his tally. 

Match preview

After a momentous victory on Wednesday night, can Ukraine complete the fairytale and qualify for the World Cup?

In midweek, the Blue and Yellows faced Scotland in their play-off semi-final that had been postponed following Russia's invasion back in February.

In-spite of the horrendous events taking place in their home land, the Ukrainian squad insisted they were desperate to win the game.

That's exactly how it transpired with Andriy Yarmolenko's deft dink giving his team a first half lead at Hampden on Wednesday night.

Roman Yaremchuk's towering header then doubled their lead, only for Scotland to half the deficit and set up a grand-stand finish.

As the Dark Blues pushed for an equaliser, Artem Dovbyk counter attacked and he sealed the 3-1 win with literally the last kick off the night.

So now, Oleksandr Petrakov's side are just one win away from pulling off one of the biggest achievements in modern sporting history.

Form a pure footballing perspective, Ukraine haven't been to a World Cup since 2006, falling in the play-offs en route to 1998, 2002, 2010 and 2014.

But, obviously, external factors might count for more, so will the Ukrainian players be inspired to claim another momentous victory?

364 miles south in Cardiff, the Blue and Yellows will face an even tougher test against a Wales team also chasing history.

The Dragons haven't qualified for a World Cup since 1958 and were last this close to ending the wait in 1981 against Soviet Union.

Back in March, Rob Page's side booked their place in this final by beating Austria 2-1 in their semi-final in Cardiff.

Gareth Bale was at his magnificent best that night, scoring a sublime free-kick before firing home a majestic second to secure the win.

This means Wales have only lost two of their last 25 competitive home games, a run that dates back almost a decade.

In this period, the Dragons have qualified for back-to-back European Championships, famously reaching the semi-finals in 2016.

Now, the last thing for this group of players to achieve is World Cup qualification, and they're potentially 90 minutes from history.

In summary, this is not a game to be missed, so who will be celebrating a victory for the ages at the Cardiff City Stadium?

Wales team news

Wales were actually also in action on Wednesday night, facing Poland in a UEFA Nations League game at Stadion Wrocław.

They took a shock lead through Jonny Williams' sweet strike, but were eventually beaten 2-1 thanks to a pair of late quick-fire goals.

Rob Page, pretty much, rested everyone ahead of this game, so expect at least eight changes from that XI.

The only three players in contention to keep their place, Danny Ward, Dan James and Kieffer Moore, were all taken off at half time in Wrocław.

Ward will start in goal, chosen over Wayne Hennessey, who has 101 caps to his name.

The only selection decision is who partners Joe Allen in midfield; will it be Joe Morrell or does Page go adventurous and deploy Ramsey deeper?

If Morrell does start, two of Brennan Johnson, Harry Wilson or Dan James will be left in reserve; Johnson is the leading candidate to get the nod.

Whatever happens, Moore will lead the line with Gareth Bale in support, looking to add to his 16 goals at the Cardiff City Stadium.

At the back, Neco Williams, Joe Rodon, Ethan Ampadu and Ben Davies will all return after all four sat out Wednesday's game.

Ukraine team news

In contrast, Oleksandr Petrakov's side faced a psychologically and physically draining game on Wednesday.

15 members of their squad play in the domestically league, which hasn't seen action since December, and this count against them.

Oleksandr Zinchenk is deployed at left-back by Manchester City but was sparkling as an attacking midfielder at Hampden.

He, Ruslan Malinovskyi and Andriy Yarmolenko will continue to support the lone front man Roman Yaremchuk, all of whom plays abroad.

Yarmolenko's opener in Glasgow means he is just three behind Andriy Shevchenko's record of 48 international goals for Ukraine.

Goalkeeper Heorhiy Bushchan was far from convincing against Scotland, but is likely to keep his place over Andriy Pyatov or Andriy Lunin.

Everton left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko could be given the unenviable task of marking Gareth Bale

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Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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