Bale a massive loss to Wales
Wales’s chances of winning fall by 50% every time Gareth Bale is missing, as he will be for the World Cup showdowns against Georgia in Tbilisi on Friday and the Republic of Ireland in Cardiff next Monday because of injury. Since making his debut against Trinidad and Tobago in May 2006, Bale has played in 68 of Wales’s 101 matches. These have resulted in 33 wins (48.53%), eight draws (11.34%) and 27 defeats (39.71%).
Bale has missed 33 matches, including three against the Republic of Ireland.
In his absence, Wales have recorded just eight wins (24.24%), 10 draws (30.30%) and suffered 15 defeats (45.45%).
The Real Madrid star has scored 26 goals at international level, including three at the finals of Euro 2016 in France. Bale is also Wales’s top scorer in the current World Cup qualification campaign with four strikes in Group D (two against Moldova, and one each against Georgia and Serbia).
He has proved his match-winning value to Wales by scoring the decisive goal in five competitive fixtures, most famously against Belgium in Cardiff during the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Words: Paul Kelly