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Preview: Wales v Scotland

Wales need to recover from a 6-1 defeat in Serbia, in their last game Photo: Mike Egerton / EMPICS Sport

Wales face a must-win battle against Scotland tonight if they are to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in Rio 2014.

Both sides have had a torrid start to their campaigns meaning they go into the game still looking for their first wins of the tournament. Scotland have at least managed two draws though - a goalless meeting with Serbia and a 2-2 draw with Macedonia.

Wales though are yet to get off the mark, thanks to losing at home to Belgium and a 6-1 hammering in Serbia, meaning pressure is mounting on manager Chris Coleman to show that he has taken the side forwards, not backwards, since he took charge in January.

Away from their other games the recent head-to-head form book leans favourably towards the home side, with Wales taking three out of the last four meetings.

However it was the Scots who came out best in their last encounter at the Nations Cup with a 3-1 win in Dublin.

KEY BATTLES

Joe Ledley v Scott BrownThe Celtic midfielders have both had fitness issues to contend with in recent weeks but seem destined to start given the energy, drive and skill they provide. Ledley, with 41 caps, is among the more experienced Wales players and his consistency with Celtic will ensure Craig Levein will look to limit his influence.

Ledley and his Welsh colleagues will look to win the battle for supremacy in midfield Credit: Nick Potts / PA Archive

Gareth Bale v Alan Hutton

Bale is the undisputed main threat in a Welsh team struggling for confidence. The Tottenham wide player has the pace and ability to undo any team on his own and will face a right-back who is without a club appearance this season after being frozen out at Aston Villa.

Getting to grips with Bale will pose questions for any full-back Credit: Andrew Matthews / PA Archive

Ashley Williams v Steven Fletcher

Newly-appointed Wales captain Williams faces a familiar foe in Sunderland striker Fletcher, who has scored three goals in two games against the centre back's Swansea team. Much is expected of Fletcher after his two-year international exile came to an end following peace talks with manager Craig Levein. The 25-year-old could not be in better form, his five goals in September earning him the Barclays Premier League player of the month award.

Chris Coleman has looked to Williams as a steadying influence in defence Credit: Mike Egerton / EMPICS Sport

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