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

THE FACTS

When does Azerbaijan vs Wales kick off? Saturday 16th November, 2019 – 17:00 (UK)

Where is Azerbaijan vs Wales being played? Bakcell Arena

What television channel is Azerbaijan vs Wales 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 Azerbaijan vs Wales? 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? Wales 2-1 Azerbaijan

THE TEAM NEWS

AZERBAIJAN

  • Azerbaijan have collected just one point from six matches in EURO 2020 qualifying but they have only lost two of their last nine internationals at home.
  • All of the players who started in the last match Hungary in October have been included in the squad again, so it is likely to be a familiar line-up.
  • Uncapped trio Mehdi Jannatov, Shahriyar Aliyev and Vusal Isgandarli have been included in coach Nikola Jurcevic's 24-man squad but they are unlikely to feature.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3): Balayev; Pasayev, Mustafazade, B. Huseynov, Rehimov; Israfilov, Qarayev, Almeyda; Ramazanov, Seydayev, Xelilzade

Unavailable:

Doubtful:

WALES

  • Wales are fourth in Group E following back-to-back draws and realistically need to win both their final two matches to stand any chance of qualfiying from the group.
  • Star man Gareth Bale has been included in the squad despite not playing for Real Madrid since the last international break, while Aaron Ramsey and Chris Mepham are back after injury.
  • Ramsey could take the place of Joe Allen, who is suspended for this one, but Joe Rodon and Jonny Williams join long-term absentee David Brooks on the injury list.

Predicted line-up (4-1-4-1): Hennessey; C. Roberts, Lockyer, A. Williams, B. Davies; Ampadu; Bale, Ramsey, Morrell, James; Moore

Unavailable: Ward (Personal reasons), Brooks (Injured), J. Williams (Injured), Rodon (Injured), Allen (Suspended), Lawrence (Illness), Taylor (Personal reasons)

Doubtful:

THE PREDICTION

Wales have won six and drawn one of their seven international meetings with Azerbaijan, although it was close in the reverse fixture. Giggs' side know they need to win this one and with experienced campaigners like Ramsey and Williams back in the fold, they should do so more convincingly this time.

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