Kick-off: 1945, 06/09/2019
Stadium: Cardiff City Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Wales will be determined to get their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign back on track when entertaining Group E basement dwellers Azerbaijan.
History favours the hosts, who have won five and drawn the other of their previous six meetings, scoring 11 times and conceding only once in those encounters.
Those stats make 13/20 for the Dragons to prevail to nil an obvious place to start with our first Wales vs Azerbaijan prediction.
A Look At Wales’ Betting Odds
Wales started out well when beating Slovakia 1-0 at this venue, with Manchester United winger Daniel James netting the decisive goal early on.
Subsequent away defeats to Croatia and Hungary were not unexpected and there was no disgrace in going down by a single goal on each occasion.
However, those results have added extra pressure to this fixture and Wales will be glad to see their attacking options on song at club level.
Gareth Bale has put a turbulent summer behind him by starting Real Madrid’s first three La Liga games and ended a scoring drought stretching back to March 16 with a brace in the 2-2 draw at Villarreal.
James has got off to a flying start with new club United, Harry Wilson recently struck with a superb free-kick for Bournemouth against Manchester City and Tom Lawrence hit a double in Derby’s opening win at Huddersfield.
“It’s been difficult for Gareth having that pressure on you every game, to be the person to get the goals,” said defender Chris Mepham.
“That’s why it’s good to see other lads chipping in. Hopefully that takes the pressure off Gareth and we have got good attacking options on Friday.”
Looking at the Wales vs Azerbaijan odds, we like 17/20 for the Dragons to win by more than one clear goal.
A Look At Azerbaijan’s Betting Odds
Azerbaijan threatened to pull off a major upset in their opening match when Ramil Sheydayev put them ahead in Croatia on 19 minutes, only for the World Cup finalists to eventually prevail 2-1.
New head coach Nikola Jurvevic will have been less enthused by subsequent losses to Hungary and Slovakia in Baku, though, going down 3-1 and 5-1 in those games.
Dynamo Moscow forward Sheydayev grabbed a consolation goal in the most recent match, so he is a player to watch out for, along with Mahir Emreli, who netted in a couple of Champions League qualifiers for Qarabag.
However, this is a moderate outfit on the whole and it will be disappointing if Wales do not prove a cut above in Cardiff.
Let’s add 4/1 for a smooth 2-0 success to our Wales vs Azerbaijan betting tips.
Hungary 1-0 WALES
AZERBAIJAN 1-5 Slovakia – Sheydayev
Head-to-head: Azerbaijan 0-1 Wales, Wales 1-0 Azerbaijan, Wales 2-0 Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan 1-1 Wales, Wales 4-0 Azerbaijan, Azerbaijan 0-2 Wales
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