Wales boss Rob Page insists they will approach Sunday’s crucial Nations League fixture against Poland with a positive mentality as they look to avoid relegation (Match Betting – Wales 8/5, Draw 11/5, Poland 19/10).
It’s the final round of fixtures in Group A4 on Sunday and Wales must beat Poland to avoid relegation from the top tier of the Nations League.
After losing four of their five games, Wales sit bottom of the standings but they are just three points adrift of Poland ahead of the 19:45 clash at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Page has stressed the importance of remaining in League A for the 2024-2025 campaign as he looks to keep his players developing against the best European nations over the coming years.
“For our development as a nation, we’ve qualified for three major tournaments. We want to be playing the best teams in Europe and stay in the division, absolutely,” said Page.
“We want to expose our young players to these types of players and teams. Inevitably they will become better going through those experiences.
“I keep saying it, because of the [World Cup play-off] final that we had between the two games had a massive impact on how the table looks.
“But we’ve given ourselves a fighting chance. We will be approaching this game to win and stay in this division.”
Wales’ task has been made harder by the fact that Page will be without several key figures. Ben Davies, Joe Allen, Aaron Ramsey and Harry Wilson are all set to miss out due to injury, while Chris Mepham and Ethan Ampadu are suspended.
However, Gareth Bale (13/8 to score anytime) has declared himself fit and could start after coming off the bench in the second half of Thursday’s loss to Belgium.
Meanwhile, Belgium head to the Netherlands in Sunday’s other Group A4 encounter with both nations still in the running to secure a spot in the finals (Match Betting – Netherlands 7/5, Draw 13/5, Belgium 15/8).
The Netherlands currently sit at the summit but there are just three points between the pair. Belgium lost the reverse fixture 4-1 so they’ll need a win by three goals or more to pip their rivals to top spot.