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More to come from Kieffer in Wales shirt

EURO 2020 HOME NATIONS SPECIALS

Steve Davies

UNDERDOG status suited Wales down to the ground five years ago when they defied odds of 10-1 to reach the semis, but lower expectations don’t look misplaced this time round. There aren’t many to the east of Offa’s Dyke thinking the Welsh pose much of a threat though those that do are acutely aware Gareth Bale is going to have to be the inspiration he was in France last time. Five years on, of course, Bale is five years older, hasn’t had a great campaign farmed out on loan to Tottenham and has attracted less interest than might have been anticipated to top the Wales’ scoring charts. He’s around the 50-1 mark for Golden Boot glory, pretty much the same price as 2016, yet easier to back for his own team at around 13-8. Many punters doubtless won’t look past the Real Madrid forward given his pedigree, his guarantee of a start and his dead-ball wizardry. Kieffer Moore’s the most obvious danger and available at 8-1 which looks fairly generous for a centre-forward, the only recognised out-andout number nine in the group with Hal Robson-kanu snubbed. And he’s hot having popped in 20 goals for Cardiff in the Championship. He isn’t guaranteed a start – Rob Page has deployed the ‘false nine’ strategy before and given his squad balance there’s every possibility he’ll go down that route again – but if the Welsh are chasing games Moore should get his chances.

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