Wales hoping to build on World Cup triumph

Wales hoping to build on World Cup triumph

Just days after securing their spot at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Wales will welcome the Netherlands to resume their Nations League campaign (Wales 6/1, Draw 10/3, Netherlands 1/2 – Match Result).

Robert Page and his players beat Ukraine 1-0 to secure their spot at a World Cup for the first time in 64 years, while Louis van Gaal’s side thrashed Belgium 4-1 in their most recent Nations League encounter.

After a thrilling tie on Sunday, Page is expected to make several changes to his team, meaning the Dutch should fancy their chances of extending their 10-match unbeaten run.

Van Gaal has yet to suffer a defeat during his third spell in charge of the Dutch national team (8/15 to top Group A4), but even with plenty at stake, Page says he needs to take care of his players.

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He told reporters: “We want to win games so it’s about getting a balance.

“We’re not in this competition to just make the numbers up and purely expose our younger players – we want to win games as well.

“Is it realistic to ask some of the senior players to go again in quick succession? Probably not. When you look at the importance of that [Ukraine] game and the emotion of it, that saps the life out of you.

“So we have to be respectful of that. I think you’ll see a blend.”

The likes of Danny Ward, Chris Mepham, Rhys Norrington-Davies, Brennan Johnson, Jonathan Williams, Joe Morrell, and Harry Wilson (9/2 to score anytime) are all pushing to start on Wednesday, while either Stefan de Vrij or Matthijs de Ligt are hoping to get the nod to replace Virgil van Dijk who has left the camp to go on holiday.

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Author: Lucille White