Wales’ destiny will be in their own hands when they head to Armenia for their penultimate Euro 2024 qualifier on Saturday afternoon.
Rob Page’s men know six points will be enough to book an automatic spot at Euro 2024, and as things stand, they sit in second, just three points above Croatia in Group D.
Wales could get a bit more breathing space if they beat Armenia, and Croatia lose to Latvia, but Croatia have a far superior goal difference to Wales.
Anyway, there is some positive news in that Brennan Johnson is back available for Wales for the trip to Yerevan, along with Joe Morrell who served a suspension.
Armenia stunned Wales 4-2 in Cardiff when the sides back in June, and Wales will be gunning for revenge.
But how will this game pan out? I have scurried around and picked out a couple of betting tips to accompany the preview.
Wales to take giant leap forward
Wales have started to look more comfortable on the international stage, and let’s not forget about that incredible odyssey they embarked on at Euro 2016, reaching the semi-finals.
In the previous encounter against Armenia, it proved to be a deeply unedifying experience for Wales, as they were outgunned by the visitors with Grant Leon Mamedova and Lucas Zelarayan both notching braces.
By all accounts, Wales lacked their usual fizz, and Kieffer Moore’s red card only exacerbated problems.
Anyway, fast forward a few months, and Wales have hit their stride, recording back-to-back wins against Latvia and Croatia, and they are primed to qualify for next summer’s showpiece tournament in Germany.
Armenia remains in the qualifying picture, but they may need to rely on some favours from elsewhere to progress.
Page’s men appear to be in a good spot, and for my first pick, I have leaned towards Wales to win & BTTS, which has been priced at 17/5 by William Hill.
Brennan Johnson to return with a bang
After succumbing to a hamstring injury last month which saw him miss the win over Croatia, Johnson’s return to the fold will be warmly received.
The Tottenham striker, who netted on his previous outing in a 2-1 defeat to Wolves last weekend, boasts searing pace and movement that can unlock any defence.
Although Page deployed a three-pronged attack against Croatia using Harry Wilson, David Brooks, and Moore, Johnson could be the lone frontman against Armenia.
Johnson may well profit and this may could be the night for him to make a name for himself.
To round things off, I have been much bolder and gone with Johnson to bag a double, which if you fancy following up on, is advertised at a tasty 16/1 with bet365.