Wales vs Belarus betting tips: International friendly match preview and predictions

Wales vs Belarus prediction: Wales 2-0 Belarus

After a huge win on Friday for Wales, Ryan Giggs’ side now face a friendly, looking to prepare far more vital matches to come.

Will they claim a moral boosting victory?


Highlights of Wales 2-1 Azerbaijan

Highlights of Belarus 0-1 Northern Ireland

Wales vs Belarus: Who will win?

Wales are big favourites to win this one at 1/2.

Belarus meanwhile are 5/1 to leave Cardiff victorious.

A draw, which would be an excellent result for the away side, is 3/1.

Under 2.5 goals is 4/5.

Both teams to score no is 4/6.

Wales to win and to keep a clean sheet is 5/4.

Gareth Bale: Wales' all-time top goal scorer

CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 02: Gareth Bale of Wales shoots during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Wales and Austria at Cardiff City Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Dan James has been on fire for Manchester United this season. He is 11/2 to score first and 21/10 to add to his one international goal.

Harry Wilson is also in great form. He is 5/1 to break the deadlock and 2/1 to net anytime.

Stanislaw Drahun is the top scorer in the Belarus squad with ten. The BATE man is 12/1 to score first and 9/2 to score anytime.

Wales vs Belarus: Match preview

DUBLIN, IRELAND – OCTOBER 16: Harry Wilson of Wales celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Nations League match between Ireland and Wales at Aviva Stadium on October 16, 2018 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

What a crucial win for Wales.

The Dragons hosted Azerbaijan in European qualifying on Friday in a simply must-win game.

This was because Azerbaijan are ranked 109 in the FIFA World rankings and are rock bottom of Group E on zero points.

It was also crucial because, coming into it, Wales had lost seven of 13 matches under Ryan Giggs, including both qualifiers in June.

Wales had not lost three consecutive matches since 2012.

They led after just 26 minutes and deservedly so but it came about in the most bizarre fashion.

Gareth Bale’s shot looped up into the air before being headed into his own net by Pavel Paşayev.

A gift on an important night in Cardiff.

But, early in the second half, Wales returned the favour.

Neil Taylor dallied on the ball and let Mahir Emreli in who slotted home an equaliser.

A draw would have been a disaster so Wales pushed for an equaliser that they were struggling to find.

But, with 85 minutes on the clock, Joe Allen’s shot deflected and Bale latched onto the lose ball to nod it over the line, just.

The Real Madrid man has now been directly involved in 19 goals in his last 19 appearances for Wales in Wales; 14 goals and five assists.

A vital 2-1 win which keeps alive their hopes of qualification.

Wales have now won their two home games, following a 1-0 win over Slovakia in March.

But, they did lose both of their away matches, in Croatia and then Hungary in June.

That means Wales and Slovakia have six points and Croatia and Hungary both have nine.

Wales’ remaining fixtures are Slovakia away and Croatia at home in October.

A month later, they travel to Azerbaijan and then host Hungary.

Those will all be high pressure matches, so how will they look ahead of those in this friendly?

Can Belarus get a rare win?

NYON, SWITZERLAND – JULY 18: The UEFA logo is seen on the UEFA Champions League trophy as it is prepared for the UEFA 2014/15 Champions League third qualifying rounds draw at the UEFA headquarters, The House of European Football, on July 18, 2014 in Nyon, Switzerland. (Photo by Harold Cunningham/Getty Images for UEFA)

As for Belarus, they’re highly unlikely to qualify via the European qualifiers.

Back in March, they suffered back-to-back defeats, losing 4-0 in Rotterdam to Netherlands before narrowly being beaten 2-1 in Belfast by Northern Ireland.

June saw back-to-back home matches but that did not improve their fortunes.

They put up a decent fight before eventually going down 2-0 to Germany and then conceding late on again to Northern Ireland, this time in a 1-0 loss.

On Friday, they travelled to the A. Le Coq Arena to face an Estonia side who were also pointless.

Belarus took the lead two minutes into the second half through Nikita Naumov before conceding six minutes later.

But, in the 92nd minute, Maksim Skavysh won it for Belarus as they left Tallinn with a 2-1 victory.

Their next qualifier in October is also against Estonia, this time in Minsk but, even so, they’re not going to finish in the top two of their group.

But, Mikhail Markhel’s side still have a great chance to qualify for a major tournament for the first time.

Last year, they topped their UEFA Nations League D group, amassing 14 points in a group containing Luxembourg, Moldova and San Marino.

This means they are guaranteed a play-off place in March next year.

This, in all likelihood, will see them travel to Georgia for the semi-final and, potentially, face Macedonia or Kosovo in the final.

They will be desperate to be as prepared for that as possible so, a friendly against a decent side like Wales, is valuable to them.

Wales team news vs Belarus

Chris Mepham

CARDIFF, WALES – SEPTEMBER 06: Wales player Chris Mepham in action during the UEFA Nations League B group four match between Wales and Republic of Ireland at Cardiff City Stadium on September 6, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

In Wales’ only other friendly of 2019 against Trinidad and Tobago in March, Ryan Giggs rotated heavily in preparation for their home match with Slovakia.

This line-up is expected to contain more experienced players.

Wayne Hennessey has only missed one of the last 37 competitive international matches but is expected to sit out this friendly.

Danny Ward will deputise and win just his seventh cap.

In defence, Conor Roberts and Joe Rodon have both impressed for Swansea this season.

They’re both likely to keep their place at the back along with Bournemouth’s Chris Mepham.

There may be a change at left-back though with Ben Davis coming in for Neil Taylor.

In midfield, Ethan Ampadu is yet to make his debut for RB Leipzig but will win his tenth cap despite only being 18.

Aaron Ramsey and David Brooks are both injured.

Further forward, it’s likely to be the same attacking quartet as started against Azerbaijan.

Harry Wilson, Dan James, Tom Lawrence and Gareth Bale have all been amongst the goals at club level this season and should fire Wales to a win in this one.

Belarus team news vs Wales

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As for Belarus, they’re expected to go as strong as possible.

Alyaksandr Hutar is now the first choice goalkeeper and will win his 14th cap.

17 of this squad play in Belarus with the rest plying their trade in Hungary, Kazakhstan or Russia.

Mikhail Markhel’s side lined-up with a back five in previous qualifiers against Germany, the Netherlands and Northern Ireland.

However, they started with a back four for the with over Estonia on Friday and are likely to stick with that, with the League D play-offs in mind.

It’s expected to be the same back four; Nikita Naumov is the inexperienced member of the defence with just four caps.

Stanislaw Drahun is the top scorer in the squad with ten international goals.

He also scored the winning goal as his BATE Borisov side beat Arsenal 1-0 in the UEFA Europa League in February.

Up front, Mikalay Signevich of Ferencváros is likely to start up front ahead of Maksim Skavysh.

Can this side cause a shock in Cardiff?

Predicted Wales line-up vs Belarus

Predicted Wales line-up vs Belarus

Predicted Wales line-up vs Belarus.

Predicted Belarus line-up vs Wales

Predicted Belarus line-up vs Wales

Predicted Belarus line-up vs Wales.

Highlights of Wales 1-0 Slovakia

Highlights of Croatia 2-1 Wales

Highlights of Hungary 1-0 Wales

Highlights of Netherlands 4-0 Belarus

Highlights of Northern Ireland 2-1 Belarus

Highlights of Belarus 0-2 Germany

The latest tweets from Wales pre Belarus

The latest tweets from Belarus pre Wales

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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