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Wales vs Gibraltar match preview
With a huge, potentially decisive, qualifier to come on Sunday, Wales are simply seeking a morale-boosting victory from this friendly.
The Dragons beat Latvia 2-0 in Rīga last time out, with Aaron Ramsey converting a nerveless penalty, before David Brooks made the points secured in stoppage time at Skonto stadions.
However, Rob Page’s team have still only won twice in Euro 2024 qualifying, both coming against the group’s bottom team, while these are their only wins in 13 competitive outings.
At the weekend, the Dragons welcome Croatia to Cardiff, before concluding the campaign against Armenia in Yerevan and then Türkiye at home in November.
Wales will need to accumulate, at least, seven points from these matches, if not all nine, to claim a top two finish, or they’ll have to settle for a spot in March’s play-offs.
Here, the Dragons return to Wrexham for only their second outing in North Wales since February 2008, beating Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 here four years ago, thanks to Ben Woodburn’s 92nd minute header.
Visitors Gibraltar would probably settle for a similarly narrow margin of defeat, given that they’ve lost all six matches in 2023 so far, conceding 18 goals and scoring zero.
Julio César Ribas’ side were demolished 5-0 by Greece at Agia Sophia Stadium last time out, meaning Gibraltar have still lost all 43 European qualifiers they’ve ever played.
On Monday, they welcome Republic of Ireland to their temporary home in Faro/Loulé, before wrapping up the year against France and Netherlands, so that winless streak is only set to elongate.
This will be a first-ever meeting of Wales and Gibraltar, with the home side likely to cruise to victory at the Racecourse Ground.
Wales team news
Rob Page confirmed on Tuesday that Wales have ‘loads of injuries’ with Aaron Ramsey, Brennan Johnson, Rabbi Matondo and Ben Cabango all sidelined.
Meanwhile Chris Mepham’s minutes are being managed with Sunday in mind, while Joe Morrell hasn’t been called up give that he’s suspended for the Croatia game.
Neither Wayne Hennessey or Danny Ward have played a single minute of club football this season, so it’ll be interesting to see who is donning the gloves.
Harry Wilson (6), Dan James (6) and Kieffer Moore (10) will be the main goal threats, given that the rest of the squad have ten international goals combined.
Joe Low, Owen Beck, Regan Poole, Charlie Savage, Luke Harris and Liam Cullen could all make their senior international debuts.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Hennessey; Roberts, Rodon, Lockyer, Williams; Ampadu, J James, Wilson, Brooks, D James; Moore.
Gibraltar team news
Julio César Ribas is without centre-back Scott Wiseman, who retired in June, as well as AFC Telford United striker Reece Styche who’s injured.
Liam Walker is the top-scorer in the squad with five international goals to his name, while Nicholas Pozo is their big young hope, given that the 18 year old is on the books of Cádiz in La Liga.
Including friendlies, Gibraltar have only ever won two away games, beating Armenia and Liechtenstein in UEFA Nations League D matches, so can they change that in Wrexham?
Predicted XI (5-4-1): Coleing; Jolley, R Chipolina, Sergeant, Mouelhi, Britto; Walker, Hartman, Pozo, Ronan; De Barr.