Wales v Trinidad & Tobago Tips, Predictions and Odds, 20 March 2019
Ryan Giggs’ Wales welcome Dennis Lawrence’s Trinidad & Tobago to the Racecourse Ground in Wrexham for an international friendly on Wednesday night. This is a warm-up game for the Welsh before they kick off their UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying campaign against Slovakia at the Cardiff City Stadium on Sunday.
The Dragons have lost four of their previous five games, but Giggs and his side will fancy their chances in this one. The hosts are the 1/5 favourites, with Trinidad available at the big price of 9/1 to cause an upset. This will be the first meeting between these two nations since a friendly match in Austria back in May 2006.
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- Wales to Win -2 @ 15/8
- Wales HT/FT @ 4/6
Wales News: Dragons Hoping to Get Back on Track
Wales have had a mixed bag of results under Giggs, winning just three games so far. Since a thumping 4-1 UEFA Nations League victory over Republic of Ireland in Cardiff back in September, the Dragons have lost four of their last five. Denmark (twice), Uruguay, Spain and, more worryingly for the Welsh, Albania, have all got the better of Wales since Giggs took over. In their last match, a friendly against the Albanians back in November, Wales fell to a disappointing 1-0 defeat in Elbasan.
Dragons Stay in Group B
Wales won two and drew two of their four Nations League matches to stay in League A, Group B. Denmark were promoted while Ireland were relegated to League C. It was a strange tournament for the Welsh, as they were beaten home and away against the Danes. However, they certainly got the better of the Irish, winning 4-1 in Cardiff before sneaking a 1-0 victory at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.
Can Wales Qualify for Euro 2020?
Four years on from their heroics at UEFA Euro 2016 in France under Chris Coleman, will Wales be participating in Euro 2020? That will be the main aim for Giggs and his team, but they are in a very tough qualifying group. The Welsh will go up against the likes of Croatia, who were 2018 FIFA World Cup finalists, Slovakia, Hungary and Azerbaijan. The Croatians are the strong favourites to win Group E, with the other four countries set to battle it out for the runners-up spot. Can the Dragons qualify for a second successive European Championship tournament?
Trinidad & Tobago News: One Win in Five
Trinidad & Tobago make the trip to Wales having won just one of their last five. Back in November, the Soca Warriors lost 1-0 in Iran in their last international. Trinidad’s last victory came against United Arab Emirates back in September, with Ataulla Guerra and Nathan Lewis on the scoresheet in a 2-0 win in Girona. Meanwhile, it’s been a year since their last win on the road, as Joevin Jones scored in a 1-0 triumph against Guadeloupe in Les Abymes back in March 2018.
Former Wrexham & Swansea Man in Charge
Dennis Lawrence, who used to play for Wrexham and Swansea City in his playing days, has been the manager of Trinidad & Tobago since 2017. The 44-year-old racked up almost 300 league appearances during his time in Wales. Lawrence will set his team up to frustrate the Welsh on Wednesday but getting a result at the Racecourse Ground will be a tall order for the Soca Warriors.
Conclusion: Hosts Too Strong
With this being Wales’ last match before they get their Euro 2020 bid underway, Giggs will surely experiment with his squad on Wednesday evening. The Dragons have several of their big hitters fit and raring to go, with Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Joe Allen – plus a number of others – all included in the latest squad. In truth, Wales should have far too much quality for Trinidad & Tobago to handle on Wednesday. Because of that, we can see this being an easy win for the home team.
Comfortable Win for the Dragons
Wales have picked up just three wins under Giggs, with two of those coming against Ireland. However, in Giggs’ first match in charge back in March last year, the Dragons thumped China 6-0 in the China Cup, with the prolific Bale helping himself to a hat-trick while Sam Vokes (2) and Harry Wilson were also on the scoresheet. This should be another comfortable victory for the Welsh, so back the home team to win -2 on Wednesday at 15/8. Their class, combined with vocal home support should be more than enough to see them home.
Welsh to Have the Job Done by Half Time
This is a game that Wales will be expecting to dominate from the first whistle to the last. The Dragons could put on a show in Wrexham, so have a punt on the hosts to be winning at half time and full time, which is available at decent odds of 4/6.
Wilson to Strike First for Wales
Wilson has been in excellent form for Derby County this season, netting 12 times in all competitions. The winger, who scored in Wales’ recent 1-0 win in Ireland, will want to make an impression on Wednesday. The 21-year-old is priced at 6/1 to score the first goal in this one and that’s a price well worth a small punt.
Wales and Trinidad & Tobago Head to Head
Wales and Trinidad & Tobago have only ever met once before. Back in May 2006, the pair squared off at the Arnold Schwarzenegger Stadion in Graz, with the Welsh sealing a narrow win. With this clash taking place in Wales we think a bigger win is very much on the cards.
27th May 2006: Wales 2 – 1 Trinidad & Tobago
In a friendly in Graz 13 years ago, Wales beat Trinidad & Tobago 2-1. It was hardly a classic in the unlikely Austrian setting, but Wales did just enough to edge it. The familiar face of Stern John gave Trinidad the lead after 32 minutes, but Robert Earnshaw equalised for the Dragons shortly after. With time running out, Earnshaw scored again in the 87th minute to give Wales a 2-1 win in Graz.