March 20 2018

Bale Absence Felt In Wales Win Over Georgia

March 20 2018, 11:35 | Ann Lamb

The time is right for the great Irish Bale out

Wales have Ben Woodburn but Gareth Bale will be missed

Their record without Bale does not make pretty reading - Wales have not won any of their last 10 games when the 28-year-old has been absent - but midfielder Edwards believes the leaders in the squad have to stand up.

Wales have seven players carrying yellow cards into Friday's 2018 World Cup qualifier against Georgia in Tbilisi - skipper Ashley Williams, Aaron Ramsey, James Chester, Ben Davies, Joe Ledley, Andy King and Hal Robson-Kanu.

Wales manager Chris Coleman has sought to defuse any potential club versus country row over Gareth Bale by insisting that the Real Madrid forward did not suffer a fresh injury setback while training with the national team.

Giggs told Sky Sports: "When you look at Bale and the physical specimen he is, he is always going to be putting his body under pressure, especially with the sort of challenges he comes up against from other players".

I'm in little doubt that the Republic will do enough to ensure a victory in Wales would get them second in the group, although that objective would be made easier if the Welsh do slip up in Georgia.

WALES must prove they are no one-man team in order to reach their first World Cup finals since 1958.

Perhaps the best way for Wales backers to go for bigger odds in a probable low scorer is the win to nil at [3] but the draw is the most appealing option at [3.35].

Five of Georgia's eight qualifiers have had unders and Wales might have to score twice to force the score over that mark.

"It will be a sensational atmosphere - we welcome the pressure", said Coleman.

WALES go into their matches against Georgia and Ireland in confident move, even though they are without Gareth Bale.

"It was all about Tom - he was fantastic", said Coleman.

"Of all the games in this campaign, the one we could have lost and the one we looked at in needing three points, was at home to Georgia", Coleman said.

"But if he's anywhere near his best, we've got a chance of having a positive result".

"Three times since [the Euro 2016 quarter-final] we've had them all on the pitch".

"Overall, I would say we were comfortable". That's very hard to play against, as we saw in Cardiff, and when the Republic played them.

"We owe them one".

"It would not be a surprise to me when we win both games". We have to go on the front foot.

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