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Wales vs. Macedonia: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Preview

PONTYCLUN, WALES - SEPTEMBER 03: Players of Wales during a training session at the Vale Resort ahead of the Wales v Macedonia 2014 World Cup Qualifier on September 3, 2013 in Pontyclun, Wales. (Photo by Matthew Horwood/Getty Images)
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Joseph ZuckerFeatured Columnist IVNovember 16, 2016

Macedonia travel to Wales for a World Cup qualifying clash on Friday night.

Both sides have been mathematically eliminated from contention in Group A. Wales are last in the group, having taken six points from eight matches, while Macedonia haven't been much better, sitting a spot ahead on seven points.

With nothing on the line, this match could go one of two ways. Either the players won't be bothered to give much of an effort because their teams are already out of it, and there's nothing to play for. Or the players will be liberated because there won't be pressure on the result.

Although this won't be must-see television for neutral supporters, it could be an interesting look at Wales and what they could have going forward to 2016 European Championship qualification.

 

When: Friday, Oct. 11, at 2:45 p.m. ET; 7:45 p.m. BST

Where: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, Wales

Watch

TV: Sky Sports 3 (UK)

Live Stream: Sky Go (UK)

Odds (courtesy of Paddy Power)

Wales Win: 11/8

Macedonia Win: 11/5

Draw: 21/10

 

Top Storyline: How Will Wales Cope without Gareth Bale?

CARDIFF, WALES - SEPTEMBER 10:  Wales player Gareth Bale applauds the crowd after the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier Group A match between Wales and Serbia at Cardiff City Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images
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If you're interested in this match to see the world's most expensive player, don't bother. Gareth Bale won't be in the Wales squad for this fixture or his team's next match against Belgium next week (h/t BBC). He is instead staying in Spain in order to get back to full health.

There's still quite a bit of talent on Wales, but the results haven't been there on the pitch. And they're undoubtedly a one-man team for the most part. Bale is the engine, and when he's not out there, Wales are much worse off.

However, this is a great opportunity for new players to step up and impress Chris Coleman. One of those players could be Harry Wilson. Just 16 years old, the Liverpool winger has been brought into the side, via Wales' official Twitter account.

Wilson could flourish if given the start. There's not a lot of pressure, so he can have a nice introduction to the national team.

 

Prediction

Don't expect a lot of goals in this match.

Ever since Gary Speed's passing, Wales have struggled to gain any fluidity on the pitch, and not having Bale isn't going to help matters.

It's a bit surprising, because, while Wales aren't an elite European team, they have enough talent to be a competitive side.

Against a Macedonia team that also lacks a ton of quality and creativity, this is going to be an ugly match. Don't expect the teams to come out flying because they're unburdened by any expectations.

If anything, the players will be even less interested in these international fixtures than they normally are. With nothing to play for, there's no reason to risk injury in a match that has no bearing on your country's chances of qualifying.

Wales will score from a set piece in the first half, with Goran Pandev equalizing in the second.

This could well be one of Coleman's last matches as Wales manager.

Wales 1, Macedonia 1

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