China vs Wales: Giggs fired up for first game in charge

China vs Wales: Giggs fired up for first game in charge

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Odds: China 18/5, Draw 12/5, Wales 39/50

Kick Off: 1135, 22/03/2018

Stadium: Guangxi Sports Centre

TV: BBC Wales

Ryan Giggs begins his reign as Wales manager with a trip to the Far East and can get off to a dream start by beating the China Cup hosts on Thursday lunchtime.

The Dragons will book a place in Monday’s final against either Uruguay or the Czech Republic if successful and Giggs has taken a decent squad.

We’re kicking off our China vs Wales betting predictions by snapping up 8/5 for an away win to nil.

A Look At China’s Betting Odds

China finished fifth of six in their World Cup qualifying group, with 1-0 home wins over South Korea and Uzbekistan rare highlights in a tough campaign.

Marcello Lippi, a World Cup winner with Italy in 2006, was a high-profile appointment as national team manager two years ago and his tactical nous can be seen in this side.

However, an experienced outfit is sadly lacking in firepower up front, drawing a blank in front of goal in half of their 10 qualifiers.

China did fare better in December’s East Asia football championship, only losing 2-1 to hosts Japan in between a 2-2 draw with South Korea and a 1-1 stalemate against North Korea.

We’re taking note of two friendlies the previous month, though, with Serbia winning 2-0 in Guangzhou and Colombia 4-0 in Chongqing.

Looking at the China vs Wales odds, we like 12/5 for the visitors to prevail and under 2.5 goals in the game.

A Look At Wales’ Betting Odds

Wales had high hopes of reaching Russia 2018 for much of their campaign, but a first loss in 10 matches when hosting the Republic of Ireland ended that quest as they finished third behind Serbia.

There were, however, a number of fine displays from a team which famously made it all the way through to the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

On the road, Wales drew in Austria, Dublin and Belgrade, before prevailing 2-0 in Moldova and 1-0 in Georgia, so playing away holds no fears.

Giggs is clearly taking this competition seriously, insisting Real Madrid ace Gareth Bale will play a big part in proceedings.

“Even if it’s the China Cup, you want to win something,” the former Manchester United winger declared.

“My first trophy was the League Cup in 1992 and it’s what it gives. I want that feeling of winning and achieving something.

“Winning any game or trophy gives you a lift. We go there because we want to win it, we don’t want to just make up the numbers.”

We’re adding 9/2 for the visitors to grind out a professional 1-0 win to our China vs Wales betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

CHINA 1-1 North Korea – Wei Shihao

WALES 1-1 Panama – Tom Lawrence

Head-to-head: N/A

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Best bets for China vs Wales

Wales to win to nil @ 8/5

Wales to win and under 2.5 goals @ 12/5

Wales to win 1-0 @ 9/2