Bale bullish about Wales' chances

05 September 2017 05:09:52 EST

Wales superstar Gareth Bale has backed his team to challenge for top spot in Group D and definitely qualify for the World Cup finals in Russia next summer.

The Dragons lie in third place in the group ahead of a clash with Moldova in Chisinau on Tuesday evening, with the two teams above them - Serbia and the Republic of Ireland - meeting in Dublin at the same time.

If we win all four we'll have a great chance of top spot and, if not, we'll get into the play-offs.

Gareth Bale

If results go their way, Wales could be just two points off top spot come the end of the day, with Bale expecting his side to be in a positive frame of mind after a 1-0 win at home to Austria last time out.

The Real Madrid ace said: "I said we had four finals to keep our hopes alive. If we win all four we'll have a great chance of top spot and, if not, we'll get into the play-offs.

"One down, three to go. This is important too, we'll be going into the match confident and prepared very well.

"We know they'll make it difficult, but we'll do everything to get the points and put ourselves in an even better position.

"If I didn't think we could do it (qualify), I wouldn't be here. We all still believe we can do it, that's the most important part."

Wales are set to be boosted by the returns of midfielder Joe Allen and left-back Neil Taylor, with Jonny Williams and James Collins set to drop to the bench.

Allen was amongst the scorers when Moldova were beaten 4-0 in Cardiff in September last year, with Bales also finding the net twice after Sam Vokes had grabbed the opener.

Wales are 2/9 to claim all three points on Tuesday evening, with Bale 13/8 to score the first goal of the game and 4/9 to score at any time.

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