Wales meet Slovakia in a crucial Euro Cup 2020 qualifier in Trnava. Here, we look at the main talking points surrounding the Group E fixture.
Giggs must satisfy:
The jury remains out on Ryan Giggs Wales’s manager is now only 3 months short of his 2nd anniversary in the job. Ryan Giggs had some highs in attempting to find the right blend. Most particularly the 4-1 thrashing of the Republic of Ireland just over a year ago.
There have been too many lows as Wales have been playing catch-up in Euro Cup 2020 qualifying, and Giggs must show more strategic alertness. Football fans can book Football Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.
Ramsey reoccurrence vital:
It is not an overstatement to suggest that Wales’ Euro Cup 2020 fortunes would be a lot brighter had Aaron Ramsey been available. Ramsey’s delicate hamstrings have left Giggs well hamstrung. Ramsey has not played a single minute of this qualifying campaign.
Giggs will not be unaccompanied in Wales in hoping that the twinge he felt in his adductor muscle last weekend will prevent him superb against Slovakia and Croatia this week.
A must-win for Wales:
Group E has stood for equality with a 4-way fight for the top 2 qualifying places. Croatia is 1 point ahead of Slovakia and Hungary and 4 clear of Wales. Wales have a game in hand on all of their rivals. Wales beat Slovakia at home in March. This win leaves them in good shape if they do not lose in Trnava.
Wales play Croatia at home before finishing with a trip to Azerbaijan and the visit to Hungary. Giggs’ aim is to take the race down to the final 2 games.
Williams is the retaliation captain:
Just over 6 weeks ago Ashley Williams did not have a club and Wales’ third-most capped player’s future international scenarios looked uninviting. Williams has played 86 matches. He was left out of the squad for the qualifying win against Azerbaijan.
The 35-year-old signed for Bristol City and has started the high-flying Robins’ last 5 games in the Sky Bet Championship. So Williams was quickly remembered to the squad and now looks set to play against Slovakia with Chris Mepham injured.
Lawrence owes Giggs debt of appreciation:
According to Tammy Wynette, Wales boss Giggs did stand by his man. Tom Lawrence’s selection incited alarm among many Wales supporters. The Derby forward was tangled in a car accident and charged with drink-driving Giggs called it a football decision.
This remains to be seen as has been the case with some Derby fans whether the player will be heckled by Wales’s supporters. Whatever the rights and wrongs of the selection, Giggs has made a big call and Lawrence needs to repay that faith.
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