Preview: Moldova v Wales

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Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Tuesday, 5 Sep 2017, 14:50

Following Saturday night’s victory against Austria, the Wales squad now aim for another three points at Moldova on Tuesday night – LIVE on S4C at 19:15.

Three days after the crucial tussle with Austria in Cardiff, join Dylan Ebenezer and former Wales internationals Dai Davies and Owain Tudur Jones along with Nic Parry and Malcolm Allen in the commentary box and Nicky John on the touchline for all the action and reaction from the vital FIFA 2018 World Cup Group D qualification fixture at the Stadionul Zimbru in Chisinau.

Wales must win to place pressure on the Group D leaders, but despite Moldova’s lowly FIFA ranking and heavy defeat in the group opener in Cardiff twelve months ago, it won’t be easy in Chisinau.

Wales have only ever visited Moldova once before, and a team including Chris Coleman and Kit Symons, lost by three goals to two in a Euro ’96 qualifier in October 1994.

A similar result is unthinkable if Russia 2018 is to be more than a dream.

With only three games remaining in the World Cup qualifiers, Wales are still in the race to reach Russia.

Only the group winners qualify automatically for the World Cup, and a defeat against Moldova could leave Wales out of the race for the top spot by the end of the night.

Chris Coleman’s side remain unbeaten in the campaign, despite winning only twice, but five draws mean that finishing as group runners-up could be the realistic target for Wales who trail Ireland by two points.

The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.

After beating Moldova at home in the opening game of the campaign, Wales drew five consecutive games before Ben Woodburn’s goal against Austria gave the Dragons their first win in a year.

Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn had only been on the field for four minutes before showing great composure to control the ball nicely on the edge of the box and firing in a ferocious strike into the bottom corner of the Austrian net.

Joe Allen will be available for Tuesday night following his one match suspension, and the Stoke midfielder will relish playing against Moldova, as he scored his first international goal in their last meeting which finished a comfortable 4-0 home win for Wales last September.

Group D remaining fixtures:
2 September 2017
Georgia v Rep Ireland – 17.00
Serbia v Moldova – 17.00
Wales v Austria – 19.45

5 September 2017
Austria v Georgia
Moldova v Wales
Rep Ireland v Serbia

6 October 2017
Georgia v Wales
Austria v Serbia
Rep Ireland v Moldova

9 October 2017
Moldova v Austria
Serbia v Georgia
Wales v Rep Ireland

Moldova v Wales – LIVE on S4C on Tuesday, 5 September at 19:15.

There will be no English red button commentary available due to broadcasting rights.