1.50 Newbury - Friday
Horse Racing analyst Will Smith has had a good look at all this weekend's ante-post markets, and provides a 7/1 EW selection in the Grade 2 novices' chase at Newbury on Friday.
In this match preview, we’ll be looking at the highly anticipated friendly clash between Wales and Gibraltar as Wales seek to build momentum ahead of their upcoming Euro 2024 qualifiers. Gibraltar, on the other hand, are aiming to break a six-match losing streak.
Wales, under the management of Robert Page, finds themselves in a phase of transition following the retirement of Gareth Bale. The Dragons’ performance has been inconsistent, with a recent 1-1 draw in Croatia indicating potential, but a subsequent defeat to Armenia raising doubts.
Currently positioned three points adrift of the top spot in Group D, Wales faces a crucial fixture against Croatia on Sunday. A defeat in this match would jeopardise their chances of securing a playoff spot. In September, Wales secured a morale-boosting draw with South Korea before defeating Latvia away, despite missing two key players.
For Gibraltar, Euro 2024 qualifying has been a challenging journey. Drawn in a group alongside France, Netherlands, Greece, and Republic of Ireland, they face formidable opponents. So far, Gibraltar have suffered five consecutive defeats, conceding 17 goals while struggling to find the back of the net even once.
Despite a disappointing 1-0 loss in Malta last month, Gibraltar views the upcoming match against a potentially weakened Welsh side as an opportunity. It’s worth noting that Gibraltar has only scored two goals on away territory in over two years, albeit against Norway and Bulgaria.
In terms of team news, Wales faces challenges with Aaron Ramsey and Brennan Johnson sidelined due to injuries. Ben Davies may captain the side, and Connor Roberts is likely to continue at wing-back. David Brooks is expected to start in the final third. However, the rest of the side may see inexperienced players like Regan Poole and Owen Beck making their debuts.
On the other hand, Gibraltar may field a full-strength team in their quest for a historic result. Jayce Olivero could play at right-back, and Tjay De Barr might face his club teammate Joe Low if Low makes his Wales debut.
Here are the possible starting lineups for both teams:
Wales: A. Davies; Poole, Lockyer, B. Davies; Roberts, Sheehan, Levitt, Beck; Brooks, Broadhead; Bradshaw
Gibraltar: Coleing; Olivero, Britto, R. Chipolina, Mouelhi; Jolley, Sergeant; Ronan, Pozo, Walker; De Barr
As we analyse this matchup, it’s worth noting that Page may experiment with player selections, making the game more competitive than anticipated. Nevertheless, we expect Wales to secure a much-needed win, potentially with a scoreline of Wales 2-0 Gibraltar.
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