Battling from a goal behind to snatch a point off of Croatia in Cardiff last month, Wales know that nothing short of three points is needed when they make the trip to Azerbaijan’s Bakcell Arena on Saturday evening.
Now playing out back-to-back 1-1 draws in Group E, Ryan Giggs’ men have just two qualifying matchups remaining to close a four-point deficit to Hungary and that lucrative second spot.
On the flip side, while Wales might be still fighting to land a spot at next year’s European Championships, Azerbaijan have continued on a qualifying campaign to forget.
Suffering a 1-0 loss against Hungary last month, Saturday’s hosts have failed to win any of their six Group E matchups and find themselves sat rock-bottom of the table.
With Wales landing a 2-1 win when the two nations met back in September, you might be interested to know that a similar outcome can be found at 1/2 with Ladbrokes.
Azerbaijan’s 12 months to forget
Although Azerbaijan may have put in arguably their best display against Hungary last month, their 1-0 defeat has seen Milli continue on what has been a woeful 12-month run.
Losing five of their six Group E appearances and with just a point to their name out of a possible 18, it is no surprise that Nikola Jurčević’s men already have one hand on the wooden spoon.
Saturday’s hosts are in the midst of a run that has seen them fail to clinch a European qualifying victory since a 2-0 win over Malta back in March 2015.
Although Azerbaijan might be enduring a continued struggle, fans around Baku should take some solace from their continued ability to find the net during qualifying.
Finding the net in all bar one of their six Group E appearances and also grabbing a consolation strike out in Cardiff back in September, you might be interested to know that Saturday’s hosts can be found at 10/11 with Bet365 to once again find the net this weekend.
Nothing short of a victory for Wales
Snatching a dramatic point off of Croatia last month, Head Coach Ryan Giggs finds his men fighting an uphill battle if they’re to secure a spot at EURO 2020.
With a pair of matches remaining, the Dragons are hunting down a four-point deficit and can be found at 2/1 with 888sport to land a top-two finish next month, only behind Slovakia who are pencilled in at 5/4.
If Wales are to mount what is quickly becoming a great escape mission, then there is no doubt that the former Manchester United ace will be calling on Gareth Bale to lead their charge.
Training with the squad on Monday and expected to lead their line this weekend, the Real Madrid winger has bagged two goals in his last three Group E outings.
Scoring the equalizer against the World Cup finalists last month and also finding the net against Azerbaijan in September, Wales’ attacking talisman can be found at 20/21 with William Hill to extend that run on Saturday.