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Gareth Bale and Co. to Face Slovakia

The last time Wales qualified for an international tournament, Elvis Presley and Dean Martin were dominating the music charts. Fifty-eight years later, they start their campaign with a tough match against a Slovakian side that defeated Spain in their qualifying group.

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  • Slovakia’s Vladimir Weiss provided the most joint assists in qualifying (6).
  • Wales scored 11 goals in qualifying, with Gareth Bale potting 7 of them.
  • Wales and Slovakia are 2 of 5 teams making their Euro Championship debut.

If you’re interested in placing a bet with Bovada, Wales to win is +180 and Slovakia is +185, whereas a draw is +190. As for the spread, Wales is -115 and the Slovakians -110 for any pick.

This Welsh team stunned everybody in their qualifying campaign, defeating tournament dark horses Belgium in the process. In addition, the Dragons lost only once in qualifying and that was to a Bosnia and Herzegovina side full of talented players, who themselves failed to reach the group stages of the European tournament. Apart from the world’s most expensive player, Wales can also rely on a few other top quality players such as Aaron Ramsey of Arsenal, Ashley Williams of Swansea and Joe Allen of Liverpool.

The Slovakian team also enjoyed a very successful qualifying campaign, progressing trouble-free from a difficult group containing three-time winner Spain. Moreover, with attacking players like Hamsik, Weiss and Durls, this side could cause anyone substantial problems.

In a clash of two Euro debutants, anything could happen. Besides, who doesn’t want to see Gareth Bale vs Marek Hamsik?