Wales v Moldova: Match Preview and Prediction

Wales v Moldova
European Qualifiers – 2018 World Cup
Date: Monday; 5-September-2016
Kick-off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Cardiff City Stadium.

Wales start another adventure after their success at the Euro 2016 when they host Moldova for their first match of their World Cup qualifier.

Chris Coleman’s side was defeated by Portugal in the Semi-finals of the European Championships in France in their first ever appearance at the tournament. This was also their first ever appearance in a major tournament since their only World Cup in 1958. With a talented and hardworking squad the squad has every potential to replicate the success once again.

Moldova are currently 165th in the FIFA ranking and never made it to any major international competition as a nation. They fail to register a single win during the qualification phase of the Euro 2016. As suggested by their minnow stature they normally finish in the bottom two of their group during qualification tournaments.

Wales v Moldova: Head-to-Head

The only competitive meeting between Wales and Moldova was during the qualifying stage of Euro 1996. Moldova earned a thrilling win in the first leg clash in front of their home fans by a 3-2 margin, while Wales won their home leg 1-0.

Wales v Moldova: Prediction

Wales are one of the most improved side in Europe and are currently 11th in the FIFA ranking. And most of their success owes to a strong record at home. Their first match of the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova is a perfect opportunity to kick start their campaign with a win.

While Moldova hardly trouble sides of higher quality and have a poor record in away games. They haven’t lost a match by more than two goals in their last 21 outings. So the best option for this match is to bet on Moldova with a +2 goals handicap.

Wales vs Moldova: Betting Tips

Handicap Moldova +2 at 5/6 (1.83).
Gareth Bale to score any-time at 8/15 (1.53).