Andorra vs Wales – Match preview and team news

Wales open their Euro 2016 campaign away in Andorra, where anything less than a win against the minnows would be seen as a disaster.

The expansion to 24 teams, as well as the presence of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, has provided a great deal of optimism across Wales that the national team can qualify for the European Championships for the first time since its inception in 1960.

Chris Coleman will be hoping his side can be more competitive in qualifying, having never really been in contention to make the World Cup. They will certainly fancy their chances of finishing third and grabbing a play-off spot, but with the likes of Belgium and Bosnia & Herzegovina in Group B, a top two finish might be just beyond their reach.

They have been handed an ideal start with this trip against an Andorra side ranked 199th in the world, who have grown familiar with losing almost all of their competitive matches. Coleman will still select a strong side, and Wales may have to be patient with the hosts set to defend in numbers, so an early goal would be very useful.

Bale, the world’s most expensive player, might be used as a striker, given that Simon Church is the only fit centre-forward available to Coleman. Adam Matthews, James Collins and Hal Robson-Kanu are all out through injury.

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