Despite playing for virtually all of the second half with ten men, Wales slugged their way to a 2-1 win over Cyprus to move onto seven points after three Euro 2016 qualifiers contested.
Such form may well have encouraged optimistic punters to invest their hard-earned in Chris Coleman’s side advancing to the main event occurring two summers from now.
With the side on-form and the expanded format opening the European Championships up to more nations than ever before, not to mention the fact that one of the world’s leading practitioners is regularly turning out for them, the 16/1 about Wales progressing may hold a certain appeal.
But the reality of the situation is you’d be no better off backing Andorra to qualify at 5,000/1 as you would the Dragons because it just isn’t going to happen.
A draw against Bosnia is their only reputable result so far.
Victories over Andorra and Cyprus should be run of the mill for the majority of international outfits.
Wales, however, can be considered fortuitous to have beaten both – an 81st-minute Gareth Bale free-kick spared blushes against the microstate, while the Cypriots were afforded 61 per cent of the possession in their last outing.
Their goalless draw against Bosnia was commendable, but a home game with the Herzegovina-twinned outfit is far from the sternest test Group B has to offer.
They’ve had a flying left-winger playing for one of the world’s biggest clubs before, but still haven’t made it to a major tournament.
Ryan Giggs at his best was, for many, the finest player in his position on the planet.
He played in Welsh teams alongside Ian Rush, a striker who scored 229 top-flight goals for Liverpool and Premier League legends like Gary Speed, Mark Hughes and Neville Southall, yet the last time they graced an international competition of credibility was World Cup 1958.
If this collection of superstars couldn’t do it, what chance does Bale stand with Aaron Ramsey the only player of similar stature helping him out?
Just how thin their resources are spread was epitomised when line-leader Simon Church – no more than a squad player at Charlton – was injured and replaced by David Cotterill.
The substitute may have scored, but this change in personnel demonstrates how bleak their hopes of progression are should Bale succumb to injury.