Czech Republic v Wales betting tips: Can Dragons roar without Bale?
Czech Republic v Wales betting tips and odds
Friday’s match in Prague could go a long way to deciding who finishes as runners-up in Group E of World Cup qualifying and we have studied the odds to find some Czech Republic v Wales betting tips.
With Belgium the runaway leaders in this group, both teams are realistically battling for second place and start the match level on points.
Wales have a game in hand, though, and avoiding defeat would leave them in a good position ahead of Monday’s meeting with Estonia.
Czech Republic impressed as they reached the quarter-finals of the European Championship in the summer and will hope to back that up by now qualifying for the World Cup.
That came just three days after the draw with Belgium as Dan James grabbed the only goal for Wales in the 81st minute of a match in which both teams had a player sent off.
Diwrnod cyntaf nôl ✅
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Rob Page’s men are missing Gareth Bale due to a hamstring injury while Aaron Ramsey has only made four appearances for Juventus this season and is yet to play more than an hour.
The absence of Bale for Wales is a huge blow while David Brooks has also been ruled out due to illness so keeping things tight at the back will be more important than ever.
Last month’s goalless home draw against Estonia was the fourth time in five games that Wales had failed to score – the sequence only broken by Bale’s match-winning hat-trick in Belarus.
Patrik Schick is undoubtedly the dangerman for the Czechs as he showed with five goals at Euro 2020.
His impressive form has continued for new club Bayer Leverkusen this season and, having been sent off in Cardiff, he is 7/2 to make amends by opening the scoring.
Alternatively for Czech Republic v Wales betting tips, Schick is priced at 10/3 to score more goals than Wales.
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The likes of James and Harry Wilson seem set to play attacking roles and will try to end Wales’ problems in front of goal.
Wilson and Kieffer Moore are the favourites to find the net for Wales and are both 7/2 in the anytime goalscorer odds.
Sorba Thomas will hope to feature at some point after being named in the Wales squad for the first time following some impressive performance in the Championship for Huddersfield. The former Boreham Wood winger is 13/2 for a debut goal.
Where: Eden Arena
When: 19:45, Friday 8th October
How to watch: Sky Sports
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication