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Wales gear up for Scottish World Cup qualifier

Bale scores against Scotland in Wales' 2-1 victory in October

Bale scores against Scotland in Wales’ 2-1 victory in October

The 2014 FIFA World Cup’s Qualifiers continue this week as Wales take on Scotland at Hampden Park with Brazil still in its sight.

The game will mark the hallway stage in the campaign and if Rio is to remain a possibility Wales have to return from Scotland with three points in tow. The Welsh team has so far recorded three losses, with their only victory coming against the Scots in the reverse fixture held last October in Cardiff. Going into the game Wales and Scotland occupy the 5th and 6th respectively in group A.

Derek Sun, a Cardiff University student and football enthusiast said of the upcoming fixture: “Wales still got a chance to win other teams to get the qualifier. At least for the match on Friday against Scotland I bet Wales will win. They have the best line-up and many good players to call upon if needed. Gareth Bale is on his best condition now.”

Bale hasn’t trained with the Welsh squad this week due and has instead focused on his own recovery program to ensure he is in the best physical condition following his recent strenuous fixture list with Tottenham Hotspur. Bale is still expected to play this Friday.

One player who will be out though is Joe Allen after Liverpool moved his shoulder operation forward following the defeat to Southampton last weekend. The former Swansea midfield struggled to find any form before being replaced at half-time.

Belgium and Croatia currently share the top spo in Group A with 10 points each. Serbia and FYR Macedonia sit behind them on four points with Wales a further point back. Croatia face Serbia while Belgium take on FYR Macedonia this weekend.

To qualify for the finals in Brazil, Wales needs secure at least second place, meaning Wales must beat Scotland and Croatia in the next week to stand any chance.

Gary Qin, a die-hard fan of Gareth Bale who studies in Cardiff said: “Wales now have so many young talented players like Bale and Ramsay. I’ll also vote for Bellamy to play with Bale. What they lack is just some pretty attacking rather than defending all the time. For getting the World Cup qualifier, it’s still a long way to go.”

Nicholas Li

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