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Gareth Bale: Wales have a great chance of qualifying for the World Cup

Gareth Bale during the World Cup Qualifying Group D match at the Cardiff City Stadium. Credit: Simon Bellis/Sportimage/PA Images

Gareth Bale believes Wales will give themselves a "great chance" of finishing top of their World Cup qualifying group by beating Moldova on Tuesday.

Wales stayed in the hunt for a World Cup place when Ben Woodburn's dramatic debut winner secured a 1-0 victory over Austria on Saturday.

Chris Coleman's side are still two points behind the Republic of Ireland in second spot and four adrift of Group D leaders Serbia.

But the Republic and Serbia meet in Dublin at the same time Wales take on the section's bottom side Moldova - and Bale is convinced the Dragons can bridge the gap with three games left to play.

I said we had four finals to keep our hopes alive. If we win all four we'll have a great chance of top spot, and if not we'll get into the play-offs.

One down, three to go. This is important too, we'll be going into the match confident and prepared very well. We know they'll make it difficult but we'll do everything to get the points and put ourselves in an even better position.

If I didn't think we could do it (qualify) I wouldn't be here. We all still believe we can do it. That's the most important part.

– Gareth Bale, Wales

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Chris Coleman resigned to being without Joe Allen for Georgia game

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Wales face another World Cup midfield headache with Joe Allen set to miss Sunday's home game against Georgia.

Arsenal playmaker Aaron Ramsey has yet to feature in this campaign because of a hamstring injury, and Allen joined the casualty list during Thursday's 2-2 draw with Austria in Vienna.

Stoke midfielder Allen kept up his goalscoring touch for club and country with a superb 22nd-minute strike, but limped off early in the second half after feeling a twinge in his hamstring.

We could have gambled and kept him on, but we don't want to do that. He'll be assessed over the next 24-48 hours and it's how he reacts, but if we see anything on the scan we won't gamble.

He is Stoke's player and we have to respect that. We probably won't have Joe (against Georgia) and we already don't have Rambo, but that's how it is.

Have we got enough without them? Yes, we have, so we won't be making excuses.

– Chris Coleman, Wales Manager

Ashley Williams wants to create World Cup memories

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Ashley Williams feels Wales are ready to create new World Cup memories after choosing to stay away from the 74,500-capacity Principality Stadium on the back of their Euro 2016 heroics.

Wales open their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign tonight, with Group D outsiders Moldova the visitors to the Cardiff City Stadium.

There was a clamour in some quarters for Wales to switch their home qualifiers to the spiritual home of Welsh rugby, with interest in football at an all-time high after reaching the semi-finals of the European Championship this summer.

But the Football Association of Wales resisted the temptation to cash in on that interest and elected to stay at a 33,000-capacity ground which served Chris Coleman's side so well in the Euro qualifiers.

This is our home ground when we play for Wales, that's what we feel. We fill it out and we have had a lot of success on this pitch in recent years.

We're comfortable here, we don't see the need to move to a stadium and pitch we are not as comfortable on. We've got some great memories and experiences here and we want to create more.

– Ashley Williams, Wales Captain

FA Wales changes criteria for World Cup qualifier tickets following fan backlash

The Football Association of Wales has changed its ticketing policy for the 2018 World Cup qualifiers following a backlash from some fans.

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In an attempt to reward fans for their loyalty, the FAW used a staggered approach to releasing tickets but memberships had to be renewed by 9 June for people to be eligible - irrespective of how long the membership had been held.

Some fans expressed anger at this deadline, many of whom argue were in France at the time, supporting the team in the European Championships.

The FAW now says it has reviewed the policy and removed the membership renewal deadline for the next stage of tickets - which will be available on Wednesday 27 July.

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