They might be more than 100 places apart in the FIFA world rankings, but Wales star Gareth Bale is confident his side can upset the odds and beat England on Saturday.
England, recognised by world football’s governing body as the sixth-best team on the planet, are priced at 21/50 to beat Wales at the Millennium Stadium, which means a successful £10 bet would return £14.20.
However, Bale says there is an air of confidence in the home camp that the side ranked 116th in the world can pull off a shock.
“People might laugh at us but we fully believe that we’ve got some good players here and we’ll be fully prepared and ready to take it to England,” he told the BBC.
One of the factors that Bale believes will help tip the balance in favour of Wales is the atmosphere likely to be generated by the home fans.
As England’s rugby players have found to their cost in the past, the Millennium Stadium is one of the most intimidating stadiums to play in as an away side.
Crucially, Bale believes this unlikely to change despite the switch of codes.
“With a full crowd there on the weekend it will give us that extra bit of confidence and belief,” he confirmed.
Gary Speed’s men will also be boosted by the return to action of Aaron Ramsey, making a bet on Wales to beat England an attractive prospect at 25/4.
Ramsey made his first start for Arsenal in more than a year in the Gunners’ 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion last week after recovering from a broken leg.
He has not played for Wales since November 2009, but Bale considers his return an undoubted advantage.
That said, he thinks Wales will need to work as a team rather than rely on individual brilliance to stop England in their tracks and produce an upset.
But if this is a hint that Wales will ‘park the bus’ on Saturday, then it may be that a bet on a draw at 13/4 could be the wisest move of all.
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