Wales travel to the Hampden Park in Auckland to take on Scotland in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. The hosts, on the other hand, had lost the reverse fixture 2-1 and will be looking to pull off a major upset over their decorated rivals.

Where to Watch Live

Kick off is set for 8pm GMT. Live telecast is available on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD.

Gareth Bale


Scotland are currently at the bottom of their group, having failed to win in any of the four matches played so far. They lost to Wales and Belgium and drew against Serbia and Macedonia to secure two points from a possible 12. This is new manager Gordan Strachan's first game in charge and the Scot will be hoping that his side will be able to put their poor record against Wales behind them.

Scotland's last win over Wales came in the 2011 Capital Nations Cup; a 3-1 triumph, which was their first win over their rivals in over 27 years. The Scots were unbeaten in their last two friendlies against Estonia and Luxembourg and will be hoping to take that form forward into the qualifiers.

All eyes will be on Gareth Bale who has been declared fit to play, after missing training on Tuesday, following an ankle knock he picked up during Tottenham's 1-0 loss to Fulham last week. The winger has been in prolific form this season for Spurs, scoring 21 goals in 37 starts for the north London club. The 23-year-old has also been a force to reckon with in the qualifiers, scoring three goals in four games player thus far.

Wales have secured only three points so far in the campaign, with their only win coming against Scotland in October. The British side succumbed to an embarrassing 6-1 loss to Serbia, followed by 2-0 losses to Croatia and Belgium in the rest of the games, thus eradicating any hope they had of qualifying for the World Cup in Brazil.

Team Guide


Last Five (Most recent First): W W L L D

Last Result: Scotland 1 - 0 Estonia


Last Five(Most recent First): W L W L L

Last Result: Wales 2 - 1 Austria

Team News

Scotland: Ross McCormack (Leeds United), Danny Fox (Southampton), James Morrison (West Brom) and James Forrest (Celtic) have dropped out of the side owing to injuries, while Barry Bannan (Aston Villa) and Stephen Whittaker (Norwich City) have been drafted into the side as replacements. Darren Fletcher (Manchester United) and Scott Brown(Celtic) remain long-term absentees and are unavailable for selection.

Probable Line-Up: McGregor; Hutton, Caldwell, Webster, Mulgrew; Adam, McArthur; Burke, Naismith, Commons; Fletcher

Wales: Bale is expected to start for Wales after recovering from an ankle knock but Joe Allen (Liverpool) and Steve Morison (Leeds United) will miss the game owing to injuries. Jermaine Easter (Millwall) and Lewin Nyatanga (Bristol City) have been slotted in as replacements.

Probable Line-Up: Price; Gunter, Williams, Collins, Davies; Ramsey, Vaughan, Ledley; Collison, Bellamy, Bale