EURO 2020 – UEFA European Qualifiers – Wales vs Azerbaijan Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When does Wales vs Azerbaijan kick off? Friday 6th August, 2019 – 19:45 (UK)

Where is Wales vs Azerbaijan being played? Cardiff City Stadium

What is the weather forecast for Wales vs Azerbaijan? Cloudy, 15c

What television channel is Wales vs Azerbaijan on? Sky have the rights to UEFA European Qualifiers matches in the UK, so it is worth checking the Sky Sports schedule

Where can I stream Wales vs Azerbaijan? If the match is televised on Sky Sports, then subscribers will be able to stream the match live via Sky Go

What was the score when the teams last met? Azerbaijan 0-1 Wales

THE TEAM NEWS

WALES

  • Wales are fourth in Group E following away defeats to Croatia and Hungary in June but they have not lost a European qualifier at home since 2011.
  • Midfielder Aaron Ramsey has withdrawn from the squad due to a lack of fitness so 18-year-old Dylan Levitt has been promoted from the under-21 side, with Joe Morrell also earning his first call-up.
  • Long-serving captain Ashley Williams has been left out as he is without a club so Chris Mepham is likely to partner James Lawrence in the centre of defence, while youngsters Harry Wilson and Daniel James have impressed at their new clubs.

Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Hennessey; Gunter, Mepham, J. Lawrence, B. Davies; Ampadu, Allen; Wilson, T. Lawrence, Bale; James

Unavailable: T. Roberts (Injured), Ramsey (Injured), Brooks (Injured)

Doubtful:

AZERBAIJAN

  • Azerbaijan have lost their last four competitive matches, conceding 14 goals in the process, and are also winless in eight European Championship qualifiers.
  • Centre-back Badavi Huseynov is the only player who started in the 5-1 defeat to Slovakia who has not been included this time around, with Rahil Mammadov likely to take his place.
  • Uncapped defenders Omar Buludov and Bahlul Mustafazade are included in the 24-man squad, while both the back-up goalkeepers are also uncapped.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Agayev; Medvedev, Mammadov, Krivotsyuk, Rahimov; Eyyubov, Qarayev, Almeyda; Abdullayev, Seydayev, Ramazanov

Unavailable: Israfilov (Injured)

Doubtful:

THE PREDICTION

Wales will be desperate to return to winning ways after back-to-back defeats and their home form in European qualifying is encouraging. They are unbeaten in eight qualifiers and have concede just two goals in the process, and they should see off a weak Azerbaijan side comfortably.

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