Our match prediction:
The Euro 2016 semi-finalist begin their Group D 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign at Cardiff City stadium, eager to build on impressive summer showings. Led by Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale, Wales managed to beat Slovakia, Russia and Northern Ireland to qualify to the knockouts, during which they dispatched tournament favourites Belgium only to see the end of the road to champions Portugal in the semis 2-0. Chris Coleman begins the new chapter hoping to extend his team’s good run of results, but will not be relying on cult hero Hal Robson-Kanu whose lack of competitive action will cost him a place in the team against Moldova. Igor Dobrovolski took over after a disappointing Euro 2016 qualifiers which saw Moldova fail to win a single match in their group and is tasked with a daunting task in Cardiff. Moldova national team are not considered one of Europe’s leading forces and will struggle to make impact during the qualifiers. Wales should not have bigger problems and we predict a clear-cut win for the Welsh side.
Highligted Player (Gareth Bale):
Gareth Bale is a Welsh footballer who plays for Real Madrid as a winger. “Bailo” was born in Cardiff on 16 July, 1989 and, as expected, he played for his home-town club Cardiff Civil Service at the start of his youth career. He moved to Southampton’s football academy in 1999 and he made a great progress during his spell with the Saints. Bale made 40 league appearances for the first team and it has to be noted that he played as a full back at the start of his senior career. In 2007 he signed a contract with Tottenham Hotspur and he was producing thrilling performances with the White Hart Lane outfit from 2007 to 2013. Real Madrid chiefs did well to sign him on 1 September, 2013 for a fee of €91 million. The Welsh winger won two Champions League trophies with los Blancos (2013/2014, 2015/2016) and, speaking of his international career, he made it to the European Championship finals with Wales. The Welsh ace scored three goals at the showpiece tournament in France as the Dragons reached the semi-final.
Highlighted Team (Wales):
Despite being part of the United Kingdom, Wales national football team has been competing in FIFA tournaments since 1950, although they have so far only reached two tournament finals. The Dragons surprised everyone by making it to the quarter-finals at the 1958 World Cup in Sweden, but little did they know that it would remain their only World Cup appearance up to date. Wales had plenty of problems in the European Championship qualifiers as well, but they finally managed to end the barren run by securing their place at the Euro 2016 in France. Led by the likes of Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey, Joe Allen and Ashley Williams, the Dragons performed admirably throughout the campaign and even reached the 8th position in the FIFA Rankings in October 2015. Neville Southall remains the team’s most capped player, but the generation that included Ryan Giggs, Gary Speed, Craig Bellamy and John Hartson will also be remembered for some impressive performances against top European national teams.