Belarus clash a ‘must win’ for Wales to keep pressure on Norway

Jayne Ludlow’s Wales side travel to Belarus this Tuesday to play their third game in Euro 2021 qualifying.

Starting their campaign with four points after six, Wales will be hoping to keep the pressure up on Norway – who currently lead their qualification group.

Wales beat Faroe Islands 6-0 and drew 2-2 with Northern Ireland at Rodney Parade thanks to a 94th minute Ashley Hutton equaliser.

Belarus also beat Faroe Islands 6-0 in their first game of the campaign. However, they lost 7-1 to Norway in their follow-up game.

Team News

Jayne Ludlow has named a very similar squad to the one that played the opening two fixtures of the campaign.

Olivia Clark, Carrie Jones, Ella Powell, Lily Woodham and Kylie Nolan are the ones out. Georgia Walters, Josie Green and Nadia Lawrence come into the squad.

26-year-old Walters – who plays for Tranmere – has the chance to earn her first international cap.

There are fewer changes at the back with Laura O’Sullivan, Loren Dykes, Hayley Ladd, Gemma Evans and Razza Roberts all keeping their places in the squad.

What a win could mean

Probably staying second

The other game in the group kicking off on Tuesday is Norway vs the Faroe Islands.

Barring any incredible shocks, it should be a pretty straight forward victory for Norway. The Faroe Islands have lost their opening two games to an aggregate score of 12-0.

This would mean a win would still see Wales sit second.

Keeping the pressure on

Wales could remain within touching distance of the leaders. The Welsh are currently only two points behind Norway and a victory will keep them at their heels.

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Wales do not play Norway until April, with two of the last three games in the campaign coming against the Norwegians.

Better standing in second

A victory will put Wales on seven points in the group and will put them in good stead to at least stand a chance of qualifying through their second-place berth – should they not win the group.

Out of the nine groups, the three best-finishing second-place sides automatically qualify for the Euros. The other six are left to play two-legged ties to decide the final three qualifying nations.

Wales travel to Barysaw with the hope of securing another three points to put them in an even better position to qualify from the group.

The game kicks off at 5pm on Tuesday, October 8. It’s the only game that Wales play in this international break before the Women’s Super League returns this weekend.