Ryan Giggs has spoke of wanted to build a squad, not a team in his tenure as Wales manager. With a few notable injuries, that squad may be expanded as more youngsters get their chance.
Of the injuries in the squad, the highest profile one to speak of is Aaron Ramsey. He is one of four players who hasn’t yet met up with the rest of the squad and will miss the Trinidad game as a result of a thigh injury, he is expected to return for Sunday’s European qualifier against Slovakia, whether he’ll be straight back to the pace of the game we shall see.
In addition to Ramsey, Ethan Amapadu, Tom Lawrence and Sam Vokes all didn’t train with the rest of the squad in the build up to the game.
Ampadu is absent through a back strain, Tom Lawrence had recovered from an ankle injury only to take a knock to the other ankle in the game between Derby and Stoke. Sam Vokes played 70 minutes at the weekend for Burnley but tweaked a recurring groin problem before being taken off.
With such a crucial game coming on Sunday we’re likely to see several of the bigger names rested for this game, but it also gives the manager a chance to get a better look at his squad and maybe get towards finalising his best eleven in a squad full of talent.
The name on everyone’s lips is Daniel James; the winger has burst on to the scene for Swansea this season and looks likely to make his first home start for his country. With bags of pace and nine goal contributions this season for his club, he could make a real impact and may be worth a punt as a goal scorer in this game, James is priced at 3.0 to score anytime which could be great value in a game Wales are expected to dominate.
Tyler Roberts will represent the biggest goal threat in Wednesday’s match, the young centre forward has started the last two Nations league games and with Vokes absent he’ll be leading the line against Trinidad. He has just three goals for his club this season, but don’t let that detract from his quality. He has been starved of minutes in a strong Leeds side, especially with Keemar Roofe holding down the striker spot for the majority of the season, with 14 goals to his name. Roberts is priced at 4.33 first and 1.91 anytime.
After a handful of appearances in Germany, we could also see Rabbi Matondo. Another member of the new generation for Wales, he’s priced quite short for a goal as well at 2.8 anytime. He is more likely to come off the bench, but could have a real impact against some tired legs.
Compared to previous generations, there is much fewer household names in the Trinidad squad. Previous sides saw the likes of Dwight York, Kenwyne Jones, Shaka Hislop and Stern John in the line ups. The squad now is formed of very few European based players. The captain Khaleem Hyland plays in Saudi Arabia and will earn his 80th cap in the game against the Welsh; industrious and strong in the tackle he will make life tough for some of the young starlets. Lester Peltier will lead the line, he turns out for Alashkert of Armenia and has made only one appearance this season. The top goal scorer in the squad has just six international goals.
The squad’s last competitive match was back in 2017 when they secured a famous win over The United States but it wasn’t enough to take them to the World Cup. Since then it’s been a plethora of friendlies that have seen Trinidad travel far and wide, wins against Guadeloupe and the UAE are the highlights, but they have been beaten by Iran, Thailand and Panama. It’s a stretch to see them troubling Wales, they are far outsiders to leave victorious, priced at 17.0, even a draw is out at 6.5.
Tyler Roberts to score anytime @ 1.91
Wales to win to nil @ 1.62
Wales win and over 2.5 goals @ 1.8