Wales v Spain Betting Tips & Preview – Thursday 11th October 2018

Ryan Giggs’ Wales and Luis Enrique’s Spain meet in an international friendly at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday night. This will be the first meeting between these two nations since 1985. As expected, the Spanish, who put six past 2018 FIFA World Cup finalists Croatia in their last match, head to the Welsh capital as strong favourites.

With plenty of up and coming youngsters in Wales’ squad, the young Dragons have a great chance to express themselves against one of the world’s best on Thursday. It will no doubt be a tough test, but this is a game that Giggs and his team will relish. We should be in for an intriguing night in Cardiff.

Top Tips

Spain to Win -1 Goal Handicap @ 6/4

Alvaro Morata to Score Anytime @ 11/10

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Wales News: Steady Start for Giggs

Millenium Stadium in Cardiff
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Wales have kicked off their UEFA Nations League campaign with one win and one defeat so far. The Dragons began League B, Group 4 with an emphatic win over Republic of Ireland at the Cardiff City Stadium. The Welsh were rampant against the Irish, with Tom Lawrence, Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Connor Roberts getting on the scoresheet in the impressive 4-1 triumph. Unfortunately for Giggs’ boys, they could only follow that up with a 2-0 defeat to Denmark in Aarhus, with Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen helping himself to a brace. After facing Spain on Thursday, Wales are back in Nations League action when they travel to the Aviva Stadium to play Ireland next Tuesday.

Welsh Back at the Principality for First Time Since 2011

Wales have not played at the Principality Stadium in seven years. Back in 2011, the decision was made to move to Cardiff City’s home, which is much smaller than Wales’ national stadium with just over a 30,000 capacity as opposed to the Principality’s 75,000. That was mainly due to the dwindling crowds, but the fans have since come back following Wales’ heroics at UEFA Euro 2016. The Cardiff City Stadium has been a very successful home for the Welsh national team, but will the Dragons make a full time return to the Principality in the not so distant future?

Bale an Injury Concern for Wales

Wales will be without Derby County midfielder Joe Ledley, who recently suffered an injury to his back. Tom Lockyer has also withdrawn, with the pair being replaced by Jazz Richards and George Thomas. Meanwhile, star man Gareth Bale could miss out after picking up an injury in Real Madrid’s 1-0 loss at Alaves at the weekend.

Spain News: Spanish Back to Their Best Under Enrique?

Spanish Flag and Football

Since the World Cup debacle, Spain have been in terrific form under new boss Enrique. La Furia Roja kicked off Nations League A, Group 4 with a 2-1 win over Gareth Southgate’s England at Wembley Stadium. Despite going a goal down to a Marcus Rashford strike, Spain battled back to win 2-1, with Saul Niguez and Rodrigo getting the goals. Having won in London, Enrique’s side then thumped Croatia in Elche. The Spanish put on a masterclass display, with Saul, Marco Asensio, Rodrigo, Sergio Ramos, Isco and an own goal from Lovre Kalinic sealing a huge 6-0 win over the 2018 World Cup runners-up.

Life Looking Good After Lopetegui

Spain eased into the World Cup by securing an impressive 28 points from a possible 30 during qualifying. However, on the eve of the finals, Julen Lopetegui was unveiled as the new Real Madrid manager, with the Spanish federation making the decision to sack Lopetegui before a ball had been kicked in Russia. Spain then laboured through to the knockout stages under interim boss Fernando Hierro, eventually crashing out to hosts Russia on penalties in the Round of 16. After several years of mediocrity, Spain will be desperate to get back to their best. La Furia have beaten England and Croatia – who both reached the last four of the World Cup – in their first two under Enrique, so is this the start of something good?

Costa Left Out Again

Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa has been left out of the Spain squad, although he has been nursing a thigh injury of late. Instead, Chelsea’s Alvaro Morata has been given the nod. Also, there was no place for Barcelona’s Jordi Alba.

Analysis: Visitors Too Strong for Wales

Having thumped Croatia last time out, Spain will head to Cardiff in high spirits and full of confidence. With such a vast array of superb talent glittered all over the pitch, the Spanish should be too strong for the Welsh on Thursday. Giggs’ young squad are fearless, though, and they will certainly give a good account of themselves against the 2010 World Cup winners. However, Spain should leave with a decent win.

Comfortable Win the For the Spanish

Spain have scored eight times in two games under Enrique, and they will be looking for more goals in Cardiff this Thursday. We fancy the away side to prevail by a margin at the Principality, so have a punt on Spain to win with a -1 goal handicap at 6/4.

Chelsea Man to Strike Again

Alvaro Morata has come under plenty of criticism at Stamford Bridge this season. Despite that, the former Real Madrid man has netted three times this term, with two of those coming in his last two games for the Blues. Morata is available at 11/10 to score anytime in Cardiff.

Clean Sheet for Enrique’s Troops

With the likes of Nacho and Sergio Ramos at the heart of their defence, Spain will be looking for a clean sheet in the Welsh capital. Put some money on La Roja to win to nil at 7/5.

Recent Matches

These two have not met in any competition since a 1986 World Cup qualifier back in April 1985. The last friendly between the two came three years earlier in 1982, which finished in a 1-1 draw in Valencia.

30th April 1985: Wales 3 – 0 Spain

In the last meeting between Wales and Spain, the Dragons were superb in a 3-0 win at the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham back in 1985. Ian Rush scored two and Mark Hughes helped himself to a goal in the 3-0 victory in a 1986 World Cup qualifier.

17th October 1984: Spain 3 – 0 Wales

The reverse match during that qualifying campaign ended in a 3-0 win for Spain. Back in October 1984, Hipolito Rincon, Carrasco and Emilio Butragueno were on the scoresheet at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville.

24th March 1982: Spain 1 – 1 Wales

Their last international friendly was back in 1982 at the Luis Casanova in Valencia. Satrustegui gave the hosts the lead, but Robbie James equalised for Mike England’s Wales to earn a 1-1 draw in Spain.

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