Wales host Cyprus this evening in a vital Euro 2016 qualification clash at the Cardiff City stadium, with Chris Coleman’s side looking to consolidate at the top of the group.
Where: Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff
When: 19:45 BST
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Wales’ hard fought goalless draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina in Cardiff on Friday night could prove to be a crucial one come the end of this qualification campaign, with Chris Coleman’s side having gone to the top of the group after four points from two games.
This match against Cyprus is likely to be crucial, however, and will be a game that Wales must look to win if they are hope to prevail over Bosnia in what is likely to be a battle for second place and automatic qualification – although both Cyprus and Israel will feel that they are very much still in it.
Belgium are group favourites and played their first match of the campaign on Friday, hammering Andorra, whilst Cyprus’ home defeat to the Israelis indicated that their shock opening win in Sarajevo was perhaps just a blip.
If anything, Wales impressed more against Bosnia on Friday than they did in a narrow opening win away to Andorra, with only a glaring miss from captain Ashley Williams and a fine late save by Asmir Begovic from a Gareth Bale howitzer denying them victory.
Bale will be the clear key man against Cyprus, with Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen both missing, but will need help if they are to break down what is likely to be a well-organised and compact Cypriot side.
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