Armenia vs Wales Match Analysis & Prediction
18/11/2023 5:00 pm
Following successive victories in Group D, Wales have their Euro 2024 qualifying fate in their own hands as they travel to face Armenia on Saturday, when a win will put them within three points of reaching next summer’s finals.
Having pulled off a superb victory over favourites Croatia last time out, the Dragons now aim to avenge a humbling home defeat to Armenia earlier in the campaign, with their hosts also remaining in contention.
With victories over rock-bottom Latvia and Croatia, resurgent Wales took a huge step towards their third straight European Championship finals appearance last month.
On a memorable night in Cardiff, the Dragons claimed a 2-1 victory through a Harry Wilson brace, and Wales can now qualify directly for Germany 2024 by beating Armenia and Turkey in their final two matches.
Having shocked Wales with a volleyed opener from Lucas Zelarayan, before going on to leave the Welsh capital with all three points, Armenia moved into contention for a first-ever major finals appearance during the summer.
Zelarayan scored again during the second half and Grant-Leon Ranos also helped himself to a brace, as a nation ranked 71 spots below their hosts in FIFA’s world rankings celebrated a landmark triumph.
Head coach Oleksandr Petrakov – who saw his Ukraine team lose to Wales in a World Cup playoff last year – will need to engineer another famous result in Yerevan this weekend, as Armenia have since lost two of their next four qualifiers to fall slightly off the pace.
Last month, Armenia failed to increase their tally of seven points after suffering a surprise defeat to lowly Latvia, who were still without a single point at that stage – a goal either side of the break sunk Petrako’s side in Riga, where they were unable to respond despite playing the latter stages with a one-man advantage.
As a result, Armenia will now be unable to finish inside the all-important top two if they lose again on Saturday, or even if they draw and next week’s opponents Croatia claim maximum points.
Armenia vs. Wales Head to head
In the three previous meetings between these two teams, Armania have claimed one victory while they have drawn in two.
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Armenia Team News
Petrakov has again included players such as Argentina-born pair Zelarayan and Norberto Briasco, alongside Sweden-born defender Andre Calisir and midfielder Ugochukwu Iwu – originally from Nigeria.
Slovan Bratislava winger Tigran Barseghyan is the Armanians’ leading active scorer with nine goals and should start in support of Zelarayan up front.
Armenia's Last 5 Matches
Wales Team News
Having recently returned to first-team action for Tottenham Hotspur, quicksilver striker Brennan Johnson is back in the Wales squad after missing October’s camp due to a hamstring injury.
Captain Aaron Ramsey remains absent, so Johnson’s Spurs teammate Ben Davies retains the armband, while Joe Morrell returns to the fold following suspension.
Wales's Last 5 Matches
Armenia vs. Wales: Odds and Predictions
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