Armenia vs Wales LIVE commentary: Dragons have ‘backs to the wall’ ahead of crunch Euro 2024 qualifier – kick-off time, team news and how to follow
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Armenia vs Wales LIVE commentary: Dragons have ‘backs to the wall’ ahead of crunch Euro 2024 qualifier – kick-off time, team news and how to follow

Nov 19, 2023

Wales can continue their remarkable revival to their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign when they renew hostilities with Armenia this afternoon.

The Dragons suffered arguably their lowest moment in the Rob Page era when they fell to a 4-2 defeat to ‘Havakakan’ in Cardiff in June.

Wales have turned their fortunes around

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Wales have turned their fortunes aroundCredit: Getty

The humbling loss on home soil to a side ranked 67 spots below them looked to have ended their chances of reaching a third successive major tournament.

However, Wales have since roared back to take control of their own destiny following a stunning 2-1 win over Group D’s top seeds Croatia.

Page’s men now know that victories over Armenia and already-qualified Turkey will be enough to book their tickets to Germany.

Armenia vs Wales: Political unrest

Wales have reportedly been in contact with the UK Foreign Office over the backdrop of playing near disputed territory in the Caucasus region between Asia and Europe.

According to the Mail, the Dragons will be playing just 171 miles from Nagorno-Karabakh where there has been major conflict.

The region is recognised internationally as part of Azerbaijan, which recaptured the area last month from the Armenian forces that occupied it since the early 1990s.

The report adds that UEFA monitored the situation to see whether Wales’ trip would need to be switched from Yerevan but as it stands the game will go ahead.

Wales are without skipper Ramsey for their final qualification push

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Wales are without skipper Ramsey for their final qualification pushCredit: Getty

Armenia vs Wales: What has been said?

Tottenham defender Ben Davies has called for high intensity and focus from Wales for their remaining two matches.

“We never stopped believing,” he said.

“The mindset we’ve got is we can get a result against anyone. We’ve shown that.

“It [the speech] was just a case of showing the reason why we’re here. It was backs against the walls stuff, it was showing that people doubted us again but we’re still standing.

“We’re standing up against the challenges and here we are with two games to go, still in the fight.”

Wilson notched a double to inspire the win over Croatia

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Wilson notched a double to inspire the win over CroatiaCredit: Getty

Armenia vs Wales: Team news and squad

Armenia XI: Cancarevic, Calisir, Haroyan, Harutyunyan, Tiknizyan, Iwu, Bichakhchyan, Spertsyan, Dashyan, Ranos, Zelarayan.

Subs: Beglaryan, Buchmev, Margaryan, Hovhannisyan, Voskanyan, Piloyan, Mkrtchyan, Harutyunan, Angulo, Miranyan, Sevikyan, Serobyan.

Wales XI: Ward, Mepham, Rodon, Davies, Roberts, Williams, Ampadu, James, Brooks, Wilson, Moore.

Subs: King, Hennessey, Huggins, Cabango, Lockyer, Sheehan, Dasilva, Morrell, James, Broadhead, Bradshaw, Johnson.

Armenia vs Wales: talkSPORT coverage

This Euro 2024 qualifier will take place on Saturday, November 18.

Kick-off at the Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium in the Armenian capital Yerevan is scheduled for 2pm UK time.

talkSPORT will have live coverage of the match, with commentary from Nigel Adderley and former Wales striker Dean Saunders.

To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.


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