It finally appears as though Wales have a team that are capable of challenging for a place in the World Cup or European Championships.
Sadly for Gary Speed’s squad, an abysmal Euro 2012 qualifying campaign featuring five straight defeats before a recent win over Montenegro is going to do nothing for future seedings, although switching home matches to the Cardiff City Stadium and Liberty Stadium looks like a positive move.
The Welsh came within a whisker of drawing away to England last month and are surely overpriced at 7/2 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) to win Friday night’s match against a Swiss team who still have an outside chance of making the Euro 2012 play-offs.
Gareth Bale has been in blistering form for Tottenham in recent weeks, with Aaron Ramsey also impressing for an inconsistent Arsenal side and Craig Bellamy enjoying a new lease of life at Liverpool. This trio should cause the visitors plenty of problems.
Switzerland were expected to pose the biggest test for England in Group G, although defeat in Montenegro and a draw in Bulgaria has set them back, despite the fact that they drew 2-2 at Wembley earlier this year.
There is also the fact that the Swiss beat Wales 4-1 a year ago in Basel and the visitors can be backed at 5/6 (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) to claim victory in Swansea on Friday. Xherdan Shaqiri plundered a hat-trick last month as the team beat Bulgaria 3-1 and the midfielder could be a lively First Goalscorer bet at 11/1 following his heroics.