Wales vs Latvia: Head to head statistics
After earning a hard-fought point on the road at the weekend, it’s vitally important Wales back that up with a win here.
At the weekend, the Dragons looked set to slump to defeat in Croatia, trailing 1-0 going into the closing seconds.
However, with the last kick of the game, Connor Roberts’ long-throw was flicked on and poked home by Nathan Broadhead.
The Ipswich striker had only come on for his international debut 25 minutes earlier, but became an instant hero, sparking wild celebrations from the travelling support in Split.
Given that they’re in this tough group, alongside Croatia and Türkiye, every point is precious for Rob Page’s team, and that draw could prove crucial come November.
Back in Cardiff, Wales are unbeaten in eight home qualifiers, losing just one of the last 19, so will be confident of victory here.
Latvia meanwhile made their one and only major tournament appearance at Euro 2004, and have not come close to repeating that feat since.
Dainis Kazakevičs’ side did gain promotion from the Nations League’s bottom-tier last year, but have won just seven of their last 51 qualifiers.
On Wednesday, Latvia warmed up for this one across the Irish Sea, taking in the Republic of Ireland in a friendly.
The away side were beaten 3-2, following a credible display, with both Roberts Uldriķis and Artūrs Zjuzins scoring absolute screamers in Dublin.
These two have only ever met once before, Wales winning a friendly 2-0 in Rīga 19 years ago, and the majority of those inside the Cardiff City Stadium would take a repeat of that.
Wales team news
Despite his heroics off the bench at the weekend, Nathan Broadhead will remain a substitute here, with Kieffer Moore leading the line.
Saturday’s draw is made all the more impressive when considering that Wayne Hennessey, Ben Davies and Brennan Johnson are all out injured.
Aaron Ramsey will captain the side, winning his 80th cap, alongside Ethan Ampadu and Joe Morrell.
Latvia team news
Roberts Uldriķis, the scorer of Latvia’s first long-range screamer on Wednesday, is their danger man, having taken his international tally to seven.
He’ll partner the squad’s top-scorer Vladislavs Gutkovskis in attack.
Six of his 11 goals for Latvia have come in Nations League D; the highest ranked-side he’s scored against, to date, are Azerbaijan.
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