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Wales vs Spain: Tough night in store for Giggs' group in Cardiff

Wales vs Spain Match Preview and Predictions

Wales have a tough friendly against Spain in Cardiff on Thursday night ahead of their Nations League clash with the Republic of Ireland.

[All odds correct at time of publication] 

Ryan Giggs' men made a great start to the competition by beating the Irish 4-1 but were second best in a 2-0 defeat by Denmark.

In-form Spain are using the match as preparation for their Nations League clash with England.

Match information

When is it? Thursday 11th October

What time is kick-off? 19:45

Where is it being played? Principality Stadium

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Football

Wales vs Spain Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for Thursday's match and we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Spain head into the match on a high having beaten England 2-1 at Wembley in the Nations League which they followed by dismantling World Cup finalists Croatia 6-0 three days later to sit six points clear at the top of Group A4.

Wales were brought down to earth by Denmark and they have doubts surrounding the fitness of their best player for Thursday's match.

Gareth Bale missed Monday's training session after coming off in the final 10 minutes of Real Madrid's 1-0 defeat at Alaves with what is understood to be a recurrence of a groin injury.

Feature match previews for this week

If you're interested in tips on the international matches this week, check out our in-depth previews below:

The Welsh can ill afford to lose a player of Bale's quality so we expect Spain to overcome a -1 handicap and win at 29/20 in the first of our Wales vs Spain predictions.

Any team that can put six past Croatia should have a decent chance of winning by a third of the margin even if they are away from home and possibly fielding an experimental side.

First goalscorer tips

Saul Niguez opened the scoring against both England and Croatia so we cannot resist the 8/1 on him breaking the deadlock once more.

The Atletico Madrid midfielder has yet to score in La Liga this season but his international form cannot be ignored.

Anytime goalscorer tips

Spain boss Luis Enrique hinted he could experiment for the Wales game as "a friendly gives me the option to try things that I want".

That could mean a start for attacker Paco Alcacer, who has been recalled after scoring an incredible seven goals in four appearances for Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund, three of which have come off the bench.

His run equates to a goal every 25 minutes so the on-loan Barcelona man looks a decent shout to score anytime at 13/10.

Where the game will be won or lost

Enrique has picked just one Barcelona player in his 23-man squad and he continues to omit Jordi Alba, who criticised his reign at Camp Nou.

Instead, uncapped full-back Jonny Otto, on loan at Wolves from Atletico Madrid, could get the chance to make his international debut at the Principality Stadium.

Spain may have been below par at the World Cup but have looked impressive since Enrique replaced Julen Lopetegui, who may be regretting his decision to take over as Real Madrid coach.

La Roja have been leading at half-time and full-time in the two games under their new coach and that's the second of our Wales vs Spain betting tips at 11/8.

The last of our Nations League betting tips is for over 2.5 goals at 19/20 which has been the case in Spain's last two games and in four of their last six.

Wales are a team playing with the swagger that Giggs displayed during his time at Manchester United and with two attacking teams fighting it out, we should see at least three goals at close to evens.

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Warren Barner
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