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Ryan Giggs’ mixed first year as Wales manager continues with a home friendly against Luis Enrique’s Spain at the Principality Stadium this evening. It’s the first meeting in a whopping 33 years for these teams, and as well as that making Wales vs Spain betting tips hard to gauge, it means that both managers were just children the last time the sides met. They enjoyed a few head-to-head battles as players, but which of these 1990s football legends will taste victory in Cardiff?

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The visitors have begun their stint under Enrique with two solid victories, but away from the Nations League, this first friendly is their chance to experiment. That could benefit the hosts, and backing Wales to win (6/1, William Hill) might just offer the Wales vs Spain best odds of the evening. If you want to play it a little safer, then it’s worth getting on the 5/4 odds at 888sport for Both Teams To Score. Wales have been in decent form in front of goal and even without Gareth Bale will look to make an impact. As more of a mid-range bet, we like the odds of 7/2 offered by Toals for Spain’s Paco Alcacer to score the opening goal. He’s been in excellent form for his club and will be confident coming into this game.

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Wales vs Spain Betting Tips: Form Guide

Injury Sustained In Spain Causes Wales’ Bale Pain

There is no doubt that the star in Wales’ footballing renaissance over the last five years has been Gareth Bale, and being without his attacking quality isn’t ideal for them. A muscle injury – sustained while playing for his club Real Madrid – keeps him out here, and that’s good news for the country where he earns a living. On the flip side, playing alongside Bale has been beneficial for a crop of young players that seem destined to build a better future for the Dragons.

A defeat last time out in the Nations League clash with Denmark was a setback, but Giggs’ men ran into a Christian Eriksen in splendid form, and that can happen to the best. The previous Nations League match had seen the Welsh in much better mood, thrashing an admittedly lamentable Ireland 4-1 here in Cardiff. Bale was on the scoresheet, along with young forward Tom Lawrence, Arsenal number 10 Aaron Ramsey and promising forward Connor Roberts.

Tonight will be Giggs’ sixth match as Wales manager, with the other three being – essentially – friendlies. An impressive 0-0 draw with a talented Mexican side in California was preceded by a trip to China for the inaugural, and possibly last, China Cup. After thrashing the hosts 6-0, Wales largely held their own in the final against Uruguay, although a Cavani goal gave the South Americans the trophy. Certainly, as far as Wales vs Spain betting tips for today go, we can be confident that the hosts will give their opponents a real test this evening.

Three In A Row For Luis Enrique?

Spain have experienced quite an interesting year – qualifying for the World Cup under Julen Lopetegui, who was then announced as the next Real Madrid coach on the eve of the tournament. That met with disapproval from the Spanish FA, who fired him on the spot and installed Fernando Hierro as caretaker coach days before their tournament opener against Portugal, which ended in a 3-3 draw.

Spain’s World Cup was a mixed bag. Despite a 2-2 draw with Morocco in the final group game, they progressed to the knockout stage thanks largely to a nervy 1-0 win over Iran. The second round brought them face to face with hosts Russia, and despite leading 1-0, they were pegged back before half time, and then submitted to 80 minutes of punishing defensive football, failing to really create openings before the game went to a penalty shoot-out. Spain lost, as they usually do when it comes down to spot-kicks, and went out of the competition. They then thanked Hierro for his service and installed former Barcelona manager (and player) Luis Enrique.

The Catalan’s first couple of games have brought impressive results: a trip to Wembley saw them turn over World Cup semi-finalists England 2-1 thanks to a goal and assist from Brazil-born forward Rodrigo. They then went one better, and hammered losing finalists Croatia 6-0 in Elche, winger Marco Asensio coming good with one goal and assisting three others. An improved Spanish attack will certainly make for some nervous Wales vs Spain match previews in the principality.

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The Last Five Games

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  • Wales Form 2 wins, 1 draw, 2 losses in the last 5 matches
  • Wales Goals 10 goals in the last 5 matches
  • Spain Form3 wins and 2 draws in the last 5 matches
  • Spain Goals12 goals in the last 5 matches
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Wales vs Spain Preview: Recent Meetings

It’s something of a surprise that these sides have gone so long without meeting, but their last encounter came back in 1985 at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground in a World Cup qualifier. Spain had won the reverse fixture 3-0 and been European Championship finalists the previous year. A Welsh side with… let’s call it an uneven distribution of talent opened the scoring through Ian Rush, and then added a stunning second, as Mark Hughes fired in a scissor-kick which still lives in the memory of anyone who saw it.

Wales would finish third in the group and be eliminated from the competition, but only after a hectic 1-1 draw with Scotland at Cardiff’s Ninian Park – Hughes again on the mark for the home side, but a Davie Cooper penalty gave Scotland the point they needed to take them into the playoffs.

Wales vs Spain Prediction: Surprise Home Win

Much of the talk going into this game will be about how Wales can fare without the presence of their one undoubted world-class player. In an odd way it may help them, as Spain’s defenders (including Real Madrid team-mate Sergio Ramos) will be quite familiar with the former Spurs man. There’s no doubt that this Welsh side features other talented players, with an exciting crop of youngsters that includes 18-year-old Chelsea prodigy Ethan Ampadu, Liverpool forward Ben Woodburn and Bournemouth winger David Brooks. It’s a tall order for players with limited top-class experience to defeat Spain, but remember, this is a friendly and Spain did lose to Russia.

One thing we can be confident of is an entertaining game. Both Giggs and Enrique were blessed with incredible talent as players, and they seem to have imprinted that joy for the game in their managerial styles. In a friendly, there is no need to worry about group standings, so both sides are likely to go for it. Based on their home advantage, and Spain’s focus being on an upcoming Nations League meeting with England, our Wales vs Spain prediction is that the home side will get the win, but there will be goals for both sides.

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