Gareth Bale Plays For Wales Against Ireland
Ryan Giggs famously rarely turned up for meaningless matches that Wales played possibly because Sir Alex Ferguson told him he couldn’t. The Manchester United player and manager could have been concocting injuries and illness and it was more than a coincidence that Giggs was fit enough to play in competitive matches for Wales. His most effective player is committed to always playing for his country.
It must have been frustrating for a series of managers of the Welsh national team that their best player was unavailable so often. The roles are now different and the current manager of Wales must be delighted that Gareth Bale is available for selection for the Nations League match at home to Ireland. That manager is Giggs and GARETH BALE is 14/5 with William Hill to score the first goal.
The Nations League is basically about international friendlies disguised as competitive matches. The concept has given a structure to fixtures that meant so little that Giggs more often than not stayed in Manchester due to some minor complaint that always seemed to clear up before Manchester United’s next match. In any battle of will Ferguson held sway and Giggs pulled out of Wales’ squads.
The current manager of Wales has the chance in Cardiff tonight to compensate for failure to qualify for the World Cup that was partly due to a 1-0 loss at home to Ireland. In fact there is a competitive element to tonight’s match because the league winners qualify for the Euro 2020 playoffs next March. However, there are 12 teams vying for that one place. WALES are 10/11 with Betfair to beat Ireland tonight.
Salisbury has been in the news for all the wrong reasons but today the racecourse stages a decent meeting that features one of only two Group races at the track. The fillies’ stakes over six furlongs for horses aged two is a Group 3 race which has attracted some decent juveniles. On form and ratings FIRELIGHT is the horse to back and that runner is 6/4 with Ladbrokes to win Salisbury’s biggest fillies’ race.