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Belarus v Wales betting tips: Long trip won’t hamper Wales

| 02.09.2021
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Preview and odds for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier

Wales continue their World Cup qualifying campaign when they travel to Kazan and we have looked at the odds to find some Belarus v Wales betting tips.

Belarus must win if they are to have any hope of finishing in the top two in Group E while Wales can boost their own chances by avoiding defeat.

Sunday’s match, which takes place at a neutral venue, the Central Stadium in Kazan, kicks off at 2pm BST.

Belarus v Wales match odds

After a friendly draw against Finland in Helsinki on Wednesday, Wales turn their attention to two World Cup qualifying games this week.

This game will be played behind closed doors as teams from the UK and European Union are unable to enter Belarus by air due to sanctions against the Minsk government.

Wales sit in third behind Belgium and the Czech Republic in Group E, with three points from their opening two games.

They will then face Estonia in Cardiff, just three days after the trip to Russia.

It is a daunting 4,000-mile round trip from Cardiff.

At Euro 2020, Wales travelled from Azerbaijan to Amsterdam, via Rome, for four matches before exiting at the hands of Denmark. It was no great surprise that teams who had less travelling fared better.

Wales are 3/5 to beat Belarus, who lost 1-0 in their third WC qualifier at the Czech Republic on Thursday.

Belarus previously recorded a 4-2 win over Estonia before being hammered 8-0 by group leaders Belgium. They are 11/2 to beat Wales while the draw is available at 13/5.

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Belarus v Wales head-to-head

The teams have met five times previously with Wales winning four of those clashes.

Their sole defeat came in a World cup qualifier in September 2000 in Minsk, with Mark Hughes’ side losing 2-1.

Wales have won the last two meetings 1-0 in Cardiff, the last of those a friendly two years ago when Daniel James grabbed a 17th-minute winner. Wales are 4/1 to win 1-0 again.

The first three meetings yielded three goals or more in total and it is 13/10 in the Belarus v Wales betting tips that this is the case once more.

Four of their five previous meetings have seen the home side win and it is 13/10 for Belarus to either win or draw the game in the Double Chance market.

Three of the five clashes have seen both sides score and it is 13/10 this occurs again on Sunday.

Belarus v Wales key battles

Belarus have conceded at least once in each of their last six internationals and Georgi Kondratiev’s side are relatively inexperienced and young, with striker Maksim Skavysh the most-capped player with 29 international appearances.

If they are to have any hope of reaching the World Cup, Belarus will not be able to set up as defensively as they did against the Czech Republic on Thursday.

Neither can the White Wings defend as poorly as they did against Belgium so Wales, who have scored in every previous meeting, will find plenty of counter-attacking opportunities.

Wales are 5/1 to win 2-0 and it is 17/5 they triumph but concede.

View the latest World Cup qualifying odds

All odds and markets correct as of date of publication

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Simon Milham