Wales will be looking to put a couple of disappointing performances behind them when they take on Bulgaria in their next UEFA Nations League outing on Wednesday evening.
The Dragons followed up a 3-0 friendly defeat to England with a goalless draw against Republic of Ireland at the weekend, though they remain in control at the top of Group B4.
A stalemate in Dublin is certainly not the worst result on the face of it for Ryan Giggs, especially as it means his side keep hold of top spot at the midway stage of the campaign, albeit now just one point better off than Finland.
Wales offered very little in an attacking sense, however, which has been the theme throughout their four matches this calendar year.
It took late goals to see off Finland and Bulgaria in last month’s opening two UEFA Nations League fixtures, but there was no way through against England nor Republic of Ireland.
Ultimately, though, Giggs can be pleased with his side’s results over the past 18 months, having lost just once in their last 10 matches – the friendly defeat against an experimental England at Wembley last week.
Another victory away to bottom side Bulgaria on Wednesday will ensure that the Dragons remain well-placed to earn promotion to Group A.
Georgi Dermendzhiev’s charges have lost back-to-back UEFA Nations League games without scoring, going down 1-0 to Wales in Cardiff and 2-0 away to Finland last time out.
That followed a 1-1 draw at home to Republic of Ireland in their opening fixture, with Shane Duffy snatching a last-gasp point for the visitors.
In fact, it is now six games without a win for Bulgaria in this competition when including fixtures from the last campaign.
Overall, the Lions have won just one of their last 18 matches, losing the last three of those, so Wales will undoubtedly head into this contest as the favourites.
With a couple of home games to see out their Group B4 campaign next month, Giggs’s men have a real chance to tighten their grip on top spot, while at the same time sending Bulgaria closer to relegation.