Gareth Bale thinks underdogs Wales have nothing to lose as they look to topple Group 4 leaders Germany in their 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ qualifier. John Toshack's team struggled to a 2-0 win over Liechtenstein in Cardiff on Saturday, a result which lifted them second in the section behind the UEFA EURO 2008 finalists, who beat Russia 2-1 in Dortmund.
But Bale insists Wales can afford to throw caution to the wind and attack hosts Germany in Moenchengladbach. "We're going there looking for a result," said the teenage left-wingback. And there's no reason why we can't do that. There's no pressure on us, we're the underdogs and we just need to go out there and play our own football."
An ankle injury ruled Bale out of Wales's 0-0 draw with Germany in Frankfurt 11 months ago, in their final EURO 2008 qualifier, but says the experience of earning a point away has boosted his side's confidence. "," he affirmed.
Knowing we've enjoyed a positive result against them so recently will give us a lot of confidence
And Bale's Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Chris Gunter agreed Wales can leave Moenchengladbach with a point, after losing 2-1 to Russia in Moscow last month. "If we are to qualify, we need to pick up points away from home," Gunter told BBC Sport.
"We were unlucky in Russia, and there's no reason why we can't go to Germany and pick something up. We have no fear and are going there to get something."
Adler to the rescue
Germany showed weaknesses for John Toshack's team to exploit against Russia. First-half goals by Michael Ballack of Chelsea and Bayern Munich's Lukas Podolski capped an impressive first 45 minutes, which the home side dominated.
But their defence creaked, especially down the right flank, as Russia attacked the home side in the second half. Fortunately for Germany, debuting goalkeeper Rene Adler prevented the visitors from equalising.
Ballack is an injury doubt for Wednesday game having damaged a calf muscle against Russia, and sat out training on Monday. Meanwhile, Schalke striker Kevin Kuranyi has been told by coach Joachim Low he will not be selected for Germany again after walking out of the squad during Saturday's win.
Low said he expects his side to overcome Wales, and a win would put them at least three points clear at the top of the table, regardless of what happens when Russia play Finland the same night in Moscow. "," he said.
Wales captain Craig Bellamy, who made his first international start since October last year against Liechtenstein, is set to operate at the tip of a 4-5-1 formation.
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The Welsh play differently from the Russians, they are a typically British team who prevent goals being scored with hard work and a robust defence