Wales value to beat Norway


Wales look good value at 7/4 to maintain their recent upturn in form and beat Norway in their friendly at the Cardiff City Stadium this afternoon (3pm KO, Live on Sky Sports 2).

Gary Speed’s side will be looking to win a third successive game for the first time in more than three years having lost their opening four matches in the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

This will certainly be the acid test to see if Speed has turned things round as Norway were unlucky to miss out on a play-off place for Euro 2012, finishing third in their group behind Portugal despite finishing on the same points.

However with Gareth Bale, Aaron Ramsey and Craig Bellamy all expected to start and a packed house behind them they could well pull it off.

In the last five head-to-head encounters the Welsh have held the advantage – winning and drawing twice.

The most recent of those matches came in February 2008, which Wales won by 3-0 and there is no doubt that Speed would be delighted with a similar outcome.

While I don’t think they will repeat that score I do think that the layers are underestimating their chances of winning by offering 7/4. It looks too big for a side on a roll and Ireland proved last night how important current form is when doing us a favour and thrashing Estonia 4-0.

For those that like to play in the first goalscorer market Ramsey and Bale look value at 16/1 and 10/1 respectively

Both have both netted five times so far for their country, and split stakes could return a juicy bit of profit.


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