Wales v Northern Ireland – Millennium Stadium at 19:45 live on BBC 2 Wales
Wales welcome Northern Ireland to Cardiff tomorrow night for an international friendly as both sides begin their preparation for Euro 2016 which begins in June.
The Dragons will be heading to France for their first international tournament in 58 years after finishing runners up of group B in qualifying. Belgium, ranked number 1 in the FIFA World Rankings, topped the group but Wales saw off competition from Bosnia & Herzegovina and Israel to book their place in France.
The Welsh kept an impressive 7 clean sheets from their 10 qualifying games but struggled for goals at the other end of the pitch, finishing the lowest scoring team to qualify out of the groups.
There is no doubt that they rely heavily on Gareth Bale but will be without the Real Madrid star for tomorrows match and their friendly against the Ukraine on Sunday. They will also be without Aaron Ramsey so it will give Chris Coleman a good chance to experiment with his side before the Euro’s start.
Northern Ireland will also be in France thanks to qualifying through a very tricky group against all the odds. Not only did they qualify, they actually topped the group which included Romania, Greece and Hungary.
The Green & White Army don’t have the squad that Wales have on paper but are a very organised side and put in some superb performances in the qualifiers.
Prior to their group matches, Norn Iron hadn’t won a match away from home in 4 years but have now won 4, drawn 1 of their last six on the road. They are also unbeaten in 8 matches and will be a tough team to beat for Wales tomorrow night as well as in the Euro’s this summer.
With any international friendlies there is always the strong possibility of managers experimenting with their squads and players not giving 100%. However, there is still some value to be had.
I expect this match to be a low scoring tight affair but with Under 2 goals on the Asian line priced at 1.91, I’m leaving that alone.
Wales are a great side, especially defensively, but with some big names sitting out of this one, I make Northern Ireland the value bet on the Asian Handicap betting market.
I don’t see Michael O’Neill’s men losing this one so backing them +0.25 will see us profit if they win or draw.
Asian Handicap Betting Recommendation: Northern Ireland +0.25 at 1.90
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