Gareth Bale can beat Bernabeu blues to propel Wales past Israel
As Chris Coleman’s tenacious Wales team (11/4 with Coral to win) travel to face in-form Group B leaders Israel, for a crunch Euro 2016 qualifier, Dragons dangerman Gareth Bale is under the microscope.
After facing criticism for a sub-par performance in Real Madrid’s El Clasico capitulation, Bernabeu scapegoat Bale could certainly use a boost against the Blue and Whites.
Speaking ahead of the crunch clash in Haifa, Liverpool anchorman Joe Allen spoke of Bale’s struggles in Spain, stating: “I doubt the Israelis will be looking forward to facing him at the weekend. He’s a world-class player who shows that in every minute in every session. I don’t get the impression he is someone who is fazed by these sorts of things. It comes with the territory at a club like that.”
Back brilliant Bale, who has struck twice in qualifying so far, at a superb 6/1 to take the initiative and open the scoring, or a fantastic 3/1 in Coral’s marvellous matchday special to score anytime (maximum bet £5).
The rapid wing wizard is not the only attacking threat Coleman’s boys boast, however, as Arsenal’s Aaron Ramsey returns to the fold. The midfielder with an eye for goal is 10/3 to net anytime, while Burnley forward Sam Vokes is an excellent 8/1 to have the final say.
Group B favourites Belgium are breathing down second spot Wales’ necks with a game in hand, so victory is a must for the visitors. However, after holding out for a draw with the Red Devils, the determined Dragons are 23/10 to split the spoils, or 12/5 to keep a clean sheet.
Reds orchestrator Allen is an outside chance at 8/1 to break his Dragons duck anytime, but does believe his nation have a chance of triumph: “Israel have hit the ground running with three in three. You don’t do that by mistake. But I think the self-belief, the start we have had, we are really confident we can go there and get a good result.”
“We feel we have quality and much more strength in depth than we had in the past,” added the underrated midfield shield.
For Israel, who have nine points and a perfect record so far, this duel is crucial before facing favourites Belgium.
At the hostile Sammy Ofer Stadium, the Blue and Whites are 11/10 to triumph, with top scorer in qualifying and RB Leipzing striker Omer Damari 4/1 to hit home first.
Former Chelsea forward Ben Sahar, meanwhile, should also be a familiar face. The current Willem II star is 7/4 in the anytime market, and should start alongside fellow former Blues boy Tal Ben-Haim.