Sports Innovation previews the World Cup match between Wales and Belarus and offers team stats and betting tips with the latest odds.
Wales welcome Belarus to the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday with captain Gareth Bale back from injury.
Bale’s return is a timely boost for Wales ahead of what is a must-win match. The Dragons are tied in second place with the Czech Republic on 11 points for the final World Cup playoff spot in Group E. While the home side got a game in hand, they really can’t allow points to be dropped at such a critical moment.
Belarus, meanwhile, have had a qualification campaign to forget. The White Wings sit bottom of Group E with just three points to their name. They arrive in Cardiff desperate to end a seven-match losing run.
Facts and figures for Wales vs Belarus in World Cup.
- Wales unbeaten the last 5 matches in a row;
- Wales scored in the last 9 of 11 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Wales’s last 6 at home matches in the row;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Wales’s last 3 of 5 matches.
- Belarus has lost the last 6 matches in a row;
- Belarus has lost the last 14 matches in a row when playing away;
- Belarus has lost in the last 10 of 11 matches;
- Belarus has lost in the last 14 of 15 matches when playing away.
Current form — Wales vs Belarus
Unbeaten Dragons performing to expectations
It is difficult to point a finger at recent results for Wales, as they have performed according to their level. Rob Page’s side look solid right now with no defeats in 3 matches, which started by drawing 0-0 against Estonia. They followed that up by sharing the spoils with the Czech Republic in a 2-2 encounter, before downing Estonia in a 1-0 encounter.
The White Wings are on a miserable run
It is a miserable time for Belarus right now in terms of recent results. In their last 3 matches, Georgi Kondratiev’s side lost 1-0 to Belgium, 2-0 to Estonia, and 2-0 to the Czech Republic.
Wales vs Belarus — fixture history
The last time the pair played each other, Wales came away as 3-2 winners in a World Cup qualifier back in September 2021.
Current table in the World Cup
Gareth Bale has declared himself fit and raring to go ahead of his 100th appearance for Wales. Given the occasion and his recent international form, don’t be surprised if he caps it off with a goal.
As for Belarus, Maksim Skavysh has looked handy in recent games and will want to put the pressure on the hosts’ defense right from the first whistle.