China vs Wales: Preview and Predictions

China PR vs Wales
International Friendlies – China Cup
Date: Thursday, 22 March 2018
Kick-Off at 11:35 UK
Venue: Guangxi Sports Center Stadium (Nanning).

China host a very entertaining competition of a friendly character in the next few days. The semifinals are to be played on Thursday when the hosts are to play Wales, while Uruguay and Czech Republic are set to lock horns later on the day in the second battle for the final.

Marcelo Lippi’s men had a generally d9ismal campaign in the Asian WC Qualifications where they finished second from bottom after ten round of competing in Group A. Nonetheless, the experienced Italian manager has reasons to be satisfied with the very end of the mentioned campaign as the Chinese squad took seven out of nine possible points in last three games against Syria, Uzbekistan and Qatar.

Wales have been in the race for the spot at the World Cup all up until the very last round when they disappointingly fell to neighbouring Republic of Ireland in a decider for the second place in the group (0-1 in Cardiff). Chris Coleman is no longer the head coach of the national team after the failure in that campaign as Welsh legend Ryan Giggs took charge.

The former Manchester United’s winger is actually about to make his debut on the bench on Thursday against China. It will be very interesting to see how the players will react under his leadership. Scoring goals has been the main challenge for the Dragons off late since the Welsh national team has netted just once in last three games (the mentioned defeat to Rep of Ireland, the 2-0 loss to France and a 1-1 draw to Panama).

China PR vs Wales: Head-to-head

This will be the first ever head to head encounter between these two sides.

China PR vs Wales: Prediction

Both teams are generally defensively-oriented and we have reasons t expect a low-scoring contest which could likely also end without goals at all.

The Under 2.5 goals FT is the safest pick (1.62), while braver punters can even try with the draw at the odds of 3.40.

China PR vs Wales: Bet Tips

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