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Wales v Netherlands Betting Preview

The brilliance defensive efforts of Wales through Euro 2016 qualification saw them reach next summer’s finals. In contrast, the Netherlands were all over the place at the back as they missed out on a spot at the European Championships. They have looked in disarray for some time now and that should afford Wales the chance to give the home fans in Cardiff something else to cheer about on Friday night by beating the Dutch.

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Wales v Netherlands Betting Tips

The Welsh have a decent opportunity here to continue in a positive vein as they host the Dutch. While the Dragons boasted a fantastic defence through Euro 2016 qualification, their big issue was hitting the back of the net. Without the input of Gareth Bale, their whole campaign would have been a different story. Wales only scored the eleven goals in their ten qualification matches so they aren’t prolific. But they conceded just the four goals along the way. Unfortunately for Wales Gareth Bale is only just getting back from an injury so isn’t in the squad. Joining him on the sidelines are fellow forwards Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes, which leaves the Welsh short up front. Uncapped Tom Bradshaw is in, with Simon Church and Leicester on-loan striker Tom Lawrence completing the forward ranks.

Wales now have to focus on their Euro 2016 preparations and this is a good test for them against a side who are out of sorts, but can still pose a threat. A draw at the end of the day wouldn’t be a bad result for Wales given their issue with forwards selections. Because of their strong defence, Wales should be confident about keeping the Dutch off the scoresheet in the game and Wales are 5/2 to pick up a clean sheet. Over their last six matches played Wales have put up a W4 D1 L1 record but their head to head form against Holland is dismal. They have lost their previous seven games against the Netherlands, Wales scoring just the three goals in those fixture. Holland have won the last two friendlies by a 2-0 scoreline over the Welsh, the most recent in June 2014.

So that’s another reason why Wales can see a draw as a success. If you want to run with the Netherlands 2-0 Correct Score trend then that will return 7/1 odds at Bet365. Holland were a shocking mess in defence during Euro 2016 qualification, conceding 14 goals as they finished fourth in their group. They don’t look to have any confidence or stability in their ranks at the moment and have lost four of their last six played. They have their danger-men of course with Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Arjen Robben providing some firepower and both of them are around the 2/1 mark in the anytime goalscorer market. Just back in March 2015 they beat Spain 2-0 in a friendly but eight months on they are unrecognisable. In their last four games played they have conceded eight goals (no clean sheets) winning just one of those games.

Wales v Netherlands Betting Odds

Netherlands 10/11, Draw 12/5, Wales 3/1

Wales v Netherlands Predictions

The Dutch are there for the taking, but Wales may struggle to make a big impact going forward, because they do rely on the input of Gareth Bale a lot for goals. Still, wales are a confident, unified bunch at the moment and it won’t take much for Dutch heads to drop. Back the positive Welsh to battle for the draw.

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12th November 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Rugby Betting

The business end of the Rugby World Cup 2015 starts on Saturday with South Africa v Wales. It will be a massive test of the Welsh resolve after having qualified from Pool A ahead of England, but having suffered what perhaps could ultimately be a telling defeat against Australia. The Welsh campaign has been stung with injury after injury and Tyler Morgan, who has only two caps for his country, gets as a start in centre ahead of James Hook amid all their injury problems.

George North will go back to the wing where is most effective than his central role. Wales will be looking back to the last meeting against the Springboks when they took a 12-6 victory over South Africa at the Millennium Stadium last November. However, that victory has been a rare one for the Welsh against the Springboks, because prior to that, the Welsh had lost their 16 previous clashes against the Southern Hemisphere giants. Wales are 11/4 underdogs for the win on the weekend. South Africa go at 1/3 with the draw at 25/1.

So a big task ahead for Warren Gatland’s men who ran in just eleven tries during their Pool A campaign (six less than Australia and five fewer than England). It was their spirit and never-say-die attitude at Twickenham against England in their second match which really stood out in their campaign, the Welsh posting a 28-25 win but then they did find themselves outclassed, as England did, against the Wallabies. They are the lowest-scoring side to make it through to the knockout stages of the competition.

South Africa got themselves off to a dodgy start with that shock 32-34 defeat against Japan. However, they showed great resolve in putting together a very effective response as they stormed past Samoa, Scotland and the USA to go on and win Pool B ahead of the Scots, running in 23 tries in the process. Boks legend Bryan Habana is a 7/1 quote in the first try scorer market for the game against Wales, while George North is a up at 11/1.

So from the 30 previous head to clashes between South Africa and Wales, the Springboks have won 27 and lost two, with one draw on the board. South Africa have averaged 27 points per game against Wales in their meetings, while the Welsh have posted an average of just 14 in return against South Africa. That’s a strong 12 point average in favour of the Springboks and online betting site Bet365 have a South Africa -9 Handicap up at a price of even money.

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16th October 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Rugby Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

Wales v Andorra Euro 2016 Qualifiers Betting Preview

Qualification has been all sewn up for Wales despite a loss in Bosnia on the weekend and despite losing top spot in the group to Belgium. Chris Coleman’s men have made it to France 2016, the first time that Wales will ever have played at a European Championships. Their long qualification process comes to a close with an easy looking game at home against Andorra. Cardiff should be in party mood on Tuesday night.

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Wales v Andorra Betting Tips

Well it turned out to be a pretty good night for Wales, despite their loss in Bosnia. Even though they lost 2-0, Israel’s defeat against Cyprus meant that the Welsh couldn’t be caught and muscled out of a top two spot in the group, so Chris Coleman’s men can starting thinking about Euro 2016 next summer. Wales will join Belgium from the group at France 2016, leaving Cyprus, Bosnia and Israel in a big three-way scrap to book a play-off spot in the group. Wales don’t have to concern themselves with qualification worries now and they can celebrate their qualification in style with a good home win in Cardiff against minnows Andorra. Everything comes full circle as Wales started their Euro 2016 qualification campaign against Andorra.

It was nearly an embarrassment for them too as they really toiled to put a 2-1 win on the board, Gareth Bale rescuing them with a brace after falling behind, the Real Madrid man netting the winner 9 minutes from time. Gareth Bale has carried Wales offensively and he has netted six goals in the group, just one behind Bosnia’s Edin Dzeko. If Bale brings his shooting boots to the party on Tuesday night, there’s a fair chance he’ll finish group top scorer. The last four qualification goals that Wales have scored have come from Bale, but Wales have failed to hit the net in their last two games. They should get their eye in against Andorra though at home you would imagine. Bale is a 7/4 First Goalscorer favourite and an unappealing 2/9 in the anytime market. He has scored scored two thirds of the nine goals that Wales have managed in their nine Euro 2016 qualification matches.

So Wales haven’t been great going forward and unless they score at least three goals against Andorra to top Romania’s tally of 11 goals, Wales will be the lowest-scoring team to book an automatic place at Euro 2016. While Andorra netted in four of their five home games, they have drawn blanks in their four qualifiers on the road, having conceded 18 in those four away games a 3-0 defeat in Bosnia their best away result. Good chance for Wales to fire off a few goals and a Wales 3-0 correct score is a 7/2 poke and they are 4/9 to win to nil. Andorra have conceded 34 goals in their nine games played during Euro 2016 qualification.

Wales v Andorra Betting Odds

Wales 1/25, Draw 18/1, Andorra 66/1

Wales v Andorra Predictions

Neither have anything to play for here so a bit of a non-starter, but Wales should be relaxed and in a party mood and should find plenty of openings against Andorra who aren’t good travellers. A solid home win for the Welsh and a chance to perhaps beat Belgium to top spot.

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13th October 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Rugby Betting

This is the big crunch game in Pool A now and it is a straight shootout for top spot. Both are sat on thirteen points after banking three wins each and while both have already qualified for the quarter finals, the scrap for top spot is hugely important. Winning the group will mean avoiding South Africa in the quarter finals and having to play Scotland or Japan instead. So everything to play for but it is Wales who are going as 5/2 underdogs in the match outright at Paddy Power, with Australia 2/5.

The Wallabies have looked extremely efficient and powerful and handled their big Twickenham clash with England far better than the host nation did. They were clinical, tactically sound and just played the English off the park. They are increasingly looking like a bigger and bigger title prospect with every match they play and a solid win against the Welsh would confirm that. They certainly have the head to head form over the Wales to suggest that they are going to be the ones who top the group.

Australia have won the last ten meetings against the Welsh. That’s some pretty strong form there but it has to be said that most of those meetings were pretty tight nail-biting affairs, such as in their 33-28 win that the Wallabies put up in the most recent meeting back in November of last year. Still, perhaps that says even more about the resolve of the Australians and their ability to win through. They have lost just one of their last fourteen against Wales now.

In total there have been 38 previous Wales v Australia meetings and Australia hold a 27-10 head to head lead with just the one drawn fixture. Australia have averaged 23 points per game against Wales, while the Welsh have averaged 15 points per game in return against Australia. Online betting site Paddy Power have a Wales +7 handicap up at a price of even money which may have some big appeal for punters given the way that the Welsh have come together.

Each of the last nine games against the Wallabies has seen Wales lose by just nine points or fewer. Despite all of their injury setbacks, Wales turned up when it mattered most in their dramatic late win over England at Twickenham, which saw them simply refuse to lie down in the match. It will be more important to keep in closer touch with Australia than they did against England though, because getting points back against the Wallabies will be much harder to achieve.

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7th October 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Rugby Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

Wales v Bosnia-Herzegovina Betting Preview

What a big night it could be for Wales as they make the trip to Zenica. Wales need just the one point to guarantee themselves a place in next summer’s European Championships and a repeat of their home 0-0 draw against Bosnia-Herzegovina from earlier in the group would do nicely. This could all boil down to the superb Welsh defence getting them across the finish line. They will qualify automatically regardless if third placed Israel fail to beat Cyprus anyway.

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Wales v Bosnia-Herzegovina Betting Tips

So just the point then needed by the Welsh. They played out what was a really disappointing 0-0 home draw against Bosnia in Cardiff back in October of last year, the Welsh not getting themselves up to speed in the game at all. But it has been such a positive campaign for them and they hold a one-point advantage at the top of Group B from Belgium. What Wales have lacked in attacking power they have more than made up for in defence, having conceded just the two goals in their eight qualification matches played so far, including clean sheets in both games against the Belgians. Huge effort from them and Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has scored six of the nine goals that Wales have put on the board.

Bale is trading at a price of 7/4 in the anytime goalscorer market for the game and he should be fit and ready to go after his calf problems. This is when they really need him more than ever. The game looks as if it will go under 2.5 goals which can be backed for a price of 4/6 with online betting site Betfred. Wales are currently on a ten match unbeaten streak, winning six of those so you imagine that they have enough to keep Bosnia-Herzegovina at bay relatively comfortable. Wales have never beaten Bosnia though in three previous attempted, losing one and drawing two. Their clash in Cardiff last October was the first competitive meeting between the two nations.

Edin Dzeko has reportedly got over his injury problems to be ready for the game and he caused the Welsh defence problems in the first group meeting. Bosnia went into qualification as top seed in the group and while they can’t book themselves an automatic qualification spot they can still scrape their way into third spot. A win for Wales would be a huge boost for them to achieve that as they then face Cyprus in their final match. Bosnia have netted three more goals than Wales have done in qualification but have shipped ten. They have put up a W2 D1 L1 record in their last four home matches and have only banked two clean sheets in their last seven played.

Wales v Bosnia-Herzegovina Betting Odds

Bosnia-Herzegovina 10/11, Draw 12/5, Wales 3/1

Wales v Bosnia-Herzegovina Predictions

After narrowly missing out on automatic qualification in the last round of matches, can Wales get there this time? Their defensive record would suggest that they can get through this challenge and pick up the point that they need. it will probably turn out to be a low scoring game and look under 2.5 goals and for a draw.

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7th October 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Rugby Betting

It is the most anticipated clash of the Pool stage of the 2015 Rugby World Cup as Six Nations rivals England and Wales go head to head at Twickenham on Saturday, September 26th. It is a huge showdown in Pool A as the two home nations fight alongside Australia for one of the top two spots in the group that will send them through to the quarter-finals. Will England at Twickenham as hosts of the World Cup be able to stand up to the pressure that the unpredictable and injury-hit Welsh will throw at them?

Wales will probably be revelling in the position of being underdogs for the game. That takes all the pressure off of their shoulders. With notable absences from their World Cup squad like Leigh Halfpenny and Rhys Webb, Wales were hit further with injuries to Paul James, Aaron Jarvis, Liam Williams and Samson Lee in their opening victory over Uruguay, Wales putting a 54-9 win on the board against the South Americans. But this is where it gets real now.

England goes as 2/7 favourites in their own back yard and they have lost just one of their last seven matches played. The English had to dig in and work really hard to break down a very stubborn Fijian defence in their opening, England pulling away in the final stages of the game to post a 35-11 win and pick up the bonus point on offer. England may miss centre Jonathan Joseph who has picked up a chest injury.

It’s a huge, huge match and it will probably be an equally huge battle up front. England wasn’t particularly impressive in the forwards when it came to control, handling and scrummaging against Fiji and will have to step that up. Wales will have to try and match England up front to get a foothold in the game. Wales, who are 3/1 for the victory in the match, have lost just one of their last eight matches played but defensively they haven’t looked particularly sound and will be tested at the back.

From 126 previous meetings between England and Wales, England holds a narrow 58-56 head to head lead with 12 drawn matches. England have won the last two between the sides, but the Welsh won the three prior to that, so there seem to be clear momentum swings between these. England have averaged 13 points per game against Wales, while the Welsh have averaged 11 points per game against the England. Online betting site Paddy Power is running an England -8 Handicap for a price of even money.

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22nd September 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Rugby Betting

Rugby Betting

It will be important for Wales to really get on the front foot early in the tournament being that they are in the competitive Pool A. The Welsh will have to battle it out with host nation England and Australia for a place in the quarter-finals and working against the Welsh is some big injury issues which they have suffered. They have lost full-back Leigh Halfpenny and his replacement Liam Williams hasn’t played since back in June after a foot surgery. They have also lost Rhys Webb and Jonathan Davies as well, combined with fitness issues over Alun Wyn Jones and Samson Lee.

Wales at least open against the weakest side in Pool A so that should give them to chance to assess some players. The other thing is that being in such a tight group, Wales have to show up defensively. Their defence shouldn’t come under a lot of pressure in their opener, not against a side who is a 100/1 shot in the match outright to record the win. But there is no time for Wales to tweak too much because their second match is a big crunch game against England at Twickenham on September 26th and then there will still be Australia to deal with down the line.

The Welsh maybe confident of flying under the radar because of their injury problems and they did bank back to back wins in their final two warm-up matches before the tournament. Their first was a great response in a 16-10 win in Ireland because that came just a week after they had been outclassed by the Irish on home soil. Wales then managed to just close out a 23-19 win over Italy, but they won’t have been impressed by the points that they conceded in the game.

In the Wales v Uruguay handicap market you are looking a Wales -67 at even money with online betting site Unibet. Huge margin yes, but that is just a reflection of how far behind in the world game the South Americans are. It’s the kind of game where Wales should manage to keep their own try line intact. This really is going to be nothing more than a confidence builder ahead of the England game. That is when the 2015 Rugby World Cup really starts for the Welsh.

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17th September 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Rugby Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

Wales v Israel Betting Preview

Well it is just a matter of getting it done now. Forget about a stellar performance, forget about everything else, just find a way to put three points on the board. After a 1-0 win in Cyprus on Friday night, Wales are now within touching distance of Euro 2016. Three points on Sunday back on home soil will see them guaranteed an automatic spot and next year’s finals. It’s game on in Wales.

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Wales v Israel Betting Tips

After his crucial winner against Belgium to give Wales control of Euro 2016 qualifying Group B, Gareth Bale was the hero of the day again for his country as he popped up with a late winner in Cyprus to give Wales a big three points. They just need a win over Israel on Sunday to guarantee themselves a spot at Euro 2016. It has been a hard-working campaign by the Welsh who have set themselves up for success. Israel go into the game in third place, five points behind Wales, so the visitors will have something to play for, but you would expect Wales to finish off the qualification job here.

Wales are unbeaten in Group B so far with five wins and two draws on the board. One criticism of Wales would be that they haven’t scored that many goals, just the nine in their seven qualifiers so far, so they really have been carried by a strong defence which has conceded just two goals and Gareth Bale’s goals. The Real Madrid man is the joint top scorer in the group alongside former Man City man Edin Dzeko for Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bale has netted each of Wales’ last four qualification goals now and he is an even money anytime goalscorer pole for Sunday’s fixture. He netted twice in their 3-1 win over Israel earlier in the group.

Not a lot of history between Wales and Israel, with just the five previous clashes. Wales have won three and drawn two of those and they have come away with an average of two goals per game. Israel have managed just the three goals in those five games against Wales. You can back the Welsh to pick up a clean sheet for a price of 6/5 with online betting site Betfred. Israel have scored well in Group B, averaging two per game exactly, but defensively they have been hit and miss, shipping nine and five of those have been on the road, where they have failed to keep a clean sheet in three. They need a win to keep themselves in the hunt for an automatic spot, starting the game two points behind second placed Belgium.

Wales v Israel Betting Odds

Wales 3/5, Draw 5/2, Israel 15/4

Wales v Israel Predictions

Israel will be buoyed by a 4-0 win over Andorra on Friday and they can still catch Belgium. However, this is a huge night for Wales and if they keep their head they should be able to avoid defeat and potentially pick up that big three points which will send them to next summer’s finals.

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4th September 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Rugby Betting

Wales will now be bouncing with a little something extra in their step after pulling off a good win in Ireland last weekend. After beating outclassed by the Irish in Cardiff just the previous week, the Welsh hit back with quite a powerful statement in their win in Dublin last weekend. So now going into a home match against RBS Six Nations whipping boys Italy, it should afford Wales a chance to build a little momentum.

Wales are on an eight-match winning streak against Italy, having won 19 of the 22 previous matches that they faced Italy in. So a good enough record and they smashed the Italians 61-20 in Rome during this season’s Six Nations (their biggest victory over Italy). The average points difference from previous meetings is 16 in favour of Wales of course.

Wales go as 1/25 outright favourites for the match win, with Italy at 9/1 and the draw at 40/1. Over in the handicap market, Wales -22 is trading at a price of 10/11 with online betting site Bet365.

So it does look to be something of a lock that they will win on Saturday. Wales have won five of their last six so are in pretty solid shape but they just seem to have a few selection kinks to iron out when it comes to the 2015 Rugby World Cup challenge. But they should cruise to a victory here easily enough. Italy, who were hammered by Scotland last weekend, have now lost their last four matches and eight of their last nine.

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4th September 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Rugby Betting

Paddy Power

Can Wales take a huge step towards Euro 2016 with a win in Cyprus on Thursday night? The Welsh, after taking a draw and a win over group favourites Belgium are in the driving seat in Group B and just now need to continue on their way to the finish line. They face a Cyprus side who are well out of form at home having won just one of their last nine and so another good three points should be heading the way of Chris Coleman’s Dragons.

Belgium will try to keep up the pressure on Wales as they host Bosnia and Herzegovina in a big match for them at home. The Red Devils need to produce and step things up to not only try and top the group but to keep Israel, Cyprus and Bosnia all off their backs in a tight race for the top two places.

Holland are the biggest name so far who are in danger of missing out on the Euro 2016 finals. With four games to go in Group A, they are in third place and three points back of second-placed the Czech Republic. The Netherlands have a crack at group leaders Iceland next though at home and a win there would really pull the Oranje back into the automatic qualification picture.

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2nd September 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

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