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Slovakia can deal killer blow to Welsh hopes

Wales made the semi-finals of Euro 2016 but things aren’t looking quite as promising for Ryan Giggs’s men three years on.

The Dragons are only three points adrift of second-placed Slovakia in Group E and have a game in hand, but defeat on Thursday could irreversibly damage their hopes of qualifying for next summer’s showpiece.

Slovakia have won four of their last six outings and despite one of their failures coming in Cardiff, it’s reasonable to expect a much better performance in Trnava.

They have won nine of their last 13 games on home soil and welcome a Welsh side who tend to struggle on the road.

Giggs has lost seven of 15 games in the Wales dugout, including four defeats in seven away matches.

That road record includes their current run of three consecutive away defeats – losing in Albania and Hungary (both 1-0) – and they’ve scored just twice in their last six away games.

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