Wales will be kicking off their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign against Croatia this Saturday, March 25, and it will mark the start of a new era for the Welsh football team. The retirement of their talisman Gareth Bale and ever-present midfielder Joe Allen, as well as other experienced players, means that Welsh manager Robert Page will have to rely on a squad packed with fresh faces and young talents.
Croatia and Turkey are expected to be the biggest threats in Group D, which also includes Armenia and Latvia. The two sides that top the group will qualify directly for next year’s tournament in Germany.
However, Wales will be facing Croatia without Tottenham defender Ben Davies and Nottingham Forest goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, both of whom withdrew from the squad due to injury. This means that Page will have to rely even more on the next generation of players.
Croatia, on the other hand, are still relying on their aging stars such as 37-year-old Luka Modric, but their recent run to the semi-finals of the 2022 World Cup shows that it may not be a bad thing in the short term.
The match will be broadcast live on Viaplay Sports 1, formerly Premier Sports, from 7:35pm. Viaplay Sports can be added to new and existing Virgin Media and Sky TV packages with a monthly or annual subscription. Viaplay customers can also live stream the game on a variety of devices including most smart TVs, smartphones, and tablets as part of their subscription.
It will also be broadcast Live on S4C and S4C Clic in Cymraeg.
Fans who prefer to listen to the game can tune in to BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, which is available on DAB radio or via most TV packages. It can also be listened to online via the BBC website or BBC Sounds app.