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Celebrations won't get in the way of big Wales win 

THE final night of Euro 2016 qualifying (playoffs notwithstanding) and a different set of questions being posed by us punters.

Do we care about six-match form, weather conditions, state of the playing surface or stuff like that on a night like this? No, of course we don’t.

All we want to know is quite how drunk Chris Coleman’s lads have been since Saturday night and whether any of them will still be hungover come kick-off against Andorra.

You’ve got to fancy Coleman has allowed his boys to well and truly let their hair down over the weekend – particularly Gareth Bale who must have been told to lose that ridiculous ponytail – and you can’t blame them.

My guess is that the Welsh, sober or otherwise, are going to be too good for the pointless Pyreneans and I’m going to split my stakes between 4-0 (what Israel chinned Andorra by) and 5-0 (what Cyprus did to them).

Meanwhile, on to Group B’s more meaningful action, I’m taking Cyprus to beat Bosnia at a decent price and pip them for third spot.

Third place is riding on events in Nicosia (presuming Israel blow it in Belgium) and with Edin Dzeko only likely to hobble on from the bench if required, I can see the Cypriots beating Bosnia for the second time in the campaign.

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