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Superstar Gareth Bale’s team will be in China on Thursday. The game will be played at the Guangxi Sports Center. The stadium seats 60,000 and is located in Nanning – the capital of the Guangxi Autonomous Region. The match between China and Wales will start at 12.35 pm Central European Time. Both countries did not qualify for the finals of the World Cup this summer in Russia. Therefore, it is questionable whether the best players of the two teams will play. This encounter is the first meeting of the two teams. For Wales is in this international break only the match against China on the program. Also for the Chinese national team this is the only test these days. The betting odds on China are in the 4-range settled. I also favor Wales, but the formation in such friendlies can vary greatly. Especially for the Europeans I do not expect the best players in the field and thus not a particularly good performance from Wales.
China entered the second round of the Asian qualifying round for the World Cup. In group C there were no really strong opponents. Despite this, China only took second place as they only drew in both matches against Hong Kong. China was the fourth-best runner-up in terms of all groups, so the country entered the third qualifying round with around 1.4 billion inhabitants. Particularly home away disappointed today’s home team and fought only four points in five games. This was probably the main reason that China finished fifth in Group A only. Consequently, the People’s Republic could not qualify for the final round. This endeavor has only been achieved once – China participated in the 2002 finals in Japan and South Korea. In the group with Costa Rica, Brazil and Turkey, the Asians were the clear outsiders. Accordingly, the departure of China with three defeats and the goal difference of 0: 9 was clear. Since then, China failed in every qualification. Even in the East Asian Championships, which take place every other year, China did not convince in the last competition. Last December, there was only one draw against South and North Korea.
Wales was the surprise team of the last European Championship. In qualifying, the team around Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale narrowly prevailed. Close behind Belgium, the Welsh placed in second place. In the group B convinced the team of coach Coleman. In the last group game against Russia, Wales secured with a 3-0 win the first place in front of the rival England. The eighth and quarter-finals of the 2016 European Championship in France skipped Wales without much effort. Only in the semifinals against the eventual European champions Wales had no chance. Nani and Ronaldo met after the break for the Portuguese, thereby causing the departure of Wales. After this performance, the expectations for the qualification of the World Cup in Russia were correspondingly high. Although Wales lost only one game, the Welshman finished third only. The last group game was the direct duel against Ireland. The winner of this game was able to secure second place and was qualified for the Barrage. In this playoff game, Bale was injured and Wales lost 1-0 at home. Since then, Wales played two friendlies and achieved no victory. Even against Panama there was only a draw.
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