2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: Wales vs Estonia

Wales welcome Estonia to Cardiff City Stadium in a crunch Group E qualifier as Rob Page’s Welsh Dragons continue their bid to qualify for 2022 World Cup.

With Czech Republic not in action, Wales can climb to second with victory. Estonia meanwhile could climb off the bottom spot with a win if Belarus lose at home to Belgium.

 

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Joe Rodon could feature for Wales after he managed to build up sufficient match fitness, having been absent for Tottenham and Wales’ two matches so far this season with an unspecified injury.

Ethan Ampadu, Brandon Cooper and Tyler Roberts are all expected to feature after missing Sunday’s clash against Belarus in Kazan, Russia, due to visa issues.

Estonia have no fresh injury concerns to report ahead of this match, although changes could be rung after Sunday’s narrow defeat to Northern Ireland.

 

Stat Attack

  • This is Wales’ first competitive clash against Estonia in all competitions, although Wales have won two previous friendly fixtures in May 1994 and May 2009 by respective 2-1 and 1-0 results.
  • Estonia lost their only previous away visit to Wales, losing 1-0 in May 2009 as Robert Earnshaw’s 26th minute penalty proved the difference for the Welsh Dragons.
  • Three of Wales’ five goals in Qualifying have come from Gareth Bale, as the Welshman netted a hat-trick in Sunday’s win over Belarus.
  • Estonia have scored two goals in each of their three World Cup Qualifiers, with three of their six goals in total coming from Henri Anier.
  • This is the first match involving both teams to be refereed by Ruddy Buquet.

 

Prediction

After enduring a difficult trip to Kazan, Russia, against Belarus on Sunday, Wales definitely will be fired up for this test because they showed excellent fighting spirit to come from behind to win with excellent attacks.

Rob Page however should be concerned about how high his Welsh Dragons pushed up the pitch defensively, which unfortunately caught them out twice amongst a number of well-executed Belarusian attacks and cannot be repeated here.

Estonia though will be fired up for this game after delivering a strong performance in Sunday’s friendly defeat to Northern Ireland, because their mixed attacking variety of quick attacks and long balls caused serious issues and I do think we will see more of the same if Wales aren’t careful in their defence.

On that note, I can see a good game here because Wales will be looking for a stronger performance whereas Estonia will certainly look to cause issues, although Wales should have enough for a crucial win.

Prediction: Wales 2-1 Estonia

Result: Wales 0-0 Estonia

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