No Bale, Any Chance?

Despite the – wrong, in my opinion – views that Wales are apparently just a one man team, Chris Coleman’s men are still favourites to finish in the top 2 in Group D, even without the injured Gareth Bale.

News broke today that Bale will be missing for his nation’s final two qualifiers later this week, away in Georgia on Friday (kick-off 5pm), and at home to Republic or Ireland on Monday night (kick-off 7.45pm). With Bale missing, the Welsh have opted to call up Tom Bradshaw, of Barnsley.

Despite this, bookmakers William Hill still have the Welsh as 2/5 favourites to finish in the top 2, with Martin O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland side at 7/4 to achieve the same feat (prices correct at time of writing).

Wales are still massively in the driving seat of Group D, and they know that 4 points from their last 2 matches will see them finish in 2nd place. There is also the slight possibility that 2 wins could still see them top the group, but they would be relying on a highly unlikely slip up from the Serbs, who currently top the group with 18 points (4 ahead of Wales).

There is plenty of international football available to bet on this week, and that means acca insurance is back on the agenda.

Don’t forget that under the terms of their Acca Five offer, all William Hill customers, new and existing, can get money back as a free bet on all 5-folds if only one team lets you down. The maximum refund is £20.00 a day.

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