Tom Lawrence eyeing more global caps as Wales seek World Cup qualification

Tom Lawrence eyeing more global caps as Wales seek World Cup qualification

Tom Lawrence eyeing more global caps as Wales seek World Cup qualification

Barnsley striker Tom Bradshaw has been called up in his place, but the withdrawal of Bale could pave the way for Liverpool youngster Ben Woodburn to earn his first Wales start after an explosive debut last month.

Wales, unbeaten in qualifying, need only a point in Cardiff to guarantee second spot, and could top the group.

The first half was a nervy affair, but Wales had their chances, with Lawrence guilty of missing the pick of the bunch from the edge of the box.

The only goal of a tight affair came just four minutes into the second half courtesy of Derby County's wide man Lawrence, who bagged his first ever in a Wales shirt. The Liverpool winger scored the victor against Austria with one of his first touches after going on as a substitute, then set up the opening goal in the 2-0 win over Moldova — again soon after entering from the bench — scored by Hal Robson-Kanu.

"How many times have we've been in this position with nothing on it?"

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].

Although they can not make the World Cup finals, Georgia manager Vladimir Weiss has promised Wales will not get an easy ride on Friday. Now, onto Cardiff for Monday for what is shaping up to be a winner-takes-all clash with Ireland.

According to Marca, Bale has missed 66 games for Real Madrid since his then-record move from Tottenham Hotspur in 2013. Two wins. And no matter how you dress it up, that task has been made easier by the withdrawal of Bale from Chris Coleman's squad, for whom Friday's game in Georgia has suddenly become a lot more hard.

And Sgorio pundit Allen is confident the Welsh can succeed without the talismanic Bale in their line-up.

If only Bale was as reliable as Gunter, who has remarkably played in his country's last 56 matches and is preparing for his 82nd cap. Remained a constant threat throughout, and never stopped running. They were beaten 5-0 in their only other game in Tbilisi (in 1994 under Mike Smith). Subs: Skhirtladze 6, Jighauri 6. Subs: Edwards, J. Williams 6, Woodburn N/A, Robson-Kanu 6. Great opportunity early on. "They're a very good team". Ramsey was magnificent in helping Wales reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016 and stepped up again in the 1-1 away draw with group leaders Serbia when Bale was suspended and Wales were depleted elsewhere.

It was a fine strike with plenty of power - Lawrence could not have hit it much better - yet Loria got two hands to the ball and arguably should have done better.

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