Wales v Belarus betting tips: All eyes on Bale the centurion
Preview and odds for Saturday’s World Cup qualifier
Wales have plenty of incentive to finish second in their World Cup qualifying group as we pick out some Wales v Belarus betting tips.
A place in the play-offs is already guaranteed but finishing behind Belgium in Group E would earn a home semi-final.
Saturday’s match takes place at the Cardiff City Stadium and is live on Sky Sports with a 7.45pm kick-off.
Wales v Belarus match odds
Wales are third in Group E but are level on points with second-placed Czech Republic, who have played a game more.
The Czechs finish at home to Estonia on Tuesday while Wales host Belgium so victory on Saturday looks vital for the Dragons, who are 1/5 to get the result they need.
Belarus are bottom of the table with six defeats from seven matches, the only exception being a 4-2 win at home to Estonia in their opening game.
Their lack of quality was exposed in an 8-0 drubbing by Belgium in March but to their credit they were more competitive in the Czech Republic and only lost 1-0.
Wales v Belarus head-to-head
There is little chance of complacency from Wales given the scare they had against Belarus in Kazan when they needed Gareth Bale to complete his hat-trick in stoppage time to snatch a 3-2 win.
The Real Madrid forward struck twice from the penalty spot before his dramatic winner broke Belarus hearts, Vitali Lisakovich and Pavel Sedko having scored in the space of two first-half minutes to turn the clash on its head.
Bale converted from the spot after five and 69 minutes and was then in the perfect position to turn Daniel James’ cross goalwards as time appeared to be running out for Wales.
Wales had been decimated by a spate of withdrawals due to injuries, visa issues, suspensions and Covid-19 but that result suggests Belarus have a chance.
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Wales v Belarus key battles
Dylan Levitt and Ben Cabango have withdrawn from the Wales squad due to “injury and personal reasons” while striker Kieffer Moore is suspended but the biggest talking point is the fitness of Bale, who will win his 100th cap if he features.
Real boss Carlo Ancelotti had hoped to include Bale against Rayo Vallecano on Saturday but the 32-year-old Wales captain was not considered fit enough to make the matchday squad.
It would be a surprise if he does not start here, though, and Bale is the 9/4 favourite to open the scoring.
Punters looking for a bigger price in Wales v Belarus betting tips can get 12/1 for another Bale hat-trick, or a less risky option is 7/10 for Wales to win and Bale to have at least two shots on target.
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication