WALES could qualify for Euro 2024 with the right and admittedly unlikely set of results, but they have to concentrate on gaining revenge on Armenia first on Saturday.
The Welsh looked down and out in this group, especially in the summer where, in a rare recent humiliating day for them, they were stunned at home 4-2 by a nation 71 places below them in the FIFA rankings.
They then followed that up with a dismal 2-0 loss in Turkey to leave their qualifying hopes hanging by a thread. It led to serious doubts about Wales’ chances of qualifying and also about the future of manager Rob Page.
But since then, he’s guided them back to pole position to qualify after a fantastic and deserved win over Croatia.
They will clinch their place with a win in Yerevan and if Croatia lose to Latvia, but it’s highly likely to go down to the last games with a blockbusting showdown against the Turks to come.
Armenia would actually go above Wales with a win on Saturday and are dangerous opponents having also claimed a draw in Turkey, but a shock loss in Latvia last month was a hammer blow to their hopes.
How the bookies view it
Wales are slightly worse than evens across the board here with Mini555 going 19/20 on an away win.
Armenia can be backed at 16/5 with Coral and the draw is 23/10 with Paddy Power.
Recent head to heads
John Hartson netted a double in a 2-2 draw in Wales’ last visit to Armenia in 2001. More pertinently, Wales will be smarting from that aforementioned 4-2 defeat in Cardiff in June.
Players to watch
Lucas Zelaryan shcoked Wales with a double in the summer and now plays his football in Saudi Arabia with Al-Fateh. He is 9/2 with Paddy Power to net on Saturday.
Harry Wilson was the Welsh hero when he scored a double against Croatia in the last round of games. And the Fulham star is 16/5 also with Paddy Power to net.