WALES face off with Bulgaria in the Nations League on Sunday – the ninth match between the two nations.

Giggs’ men head into the match buoyed by the news that talisman Gareth Bale is fit to play, along with Bournemouth winger David Brooks – who has recovered from an ankle injury.

They head into the game on a high after Kieffer Moore snatched a last-gasp winner against Finland in Helsinki.

Bulgaria will look to perform better than they did against the Republic of Ireland, where they let a 1-0 lead slip through their fingers in the dying seconds of the game.

Shane Duffy, of Brighton (on loan from Celtic), left it until the third minute of stoppage time to slot home and snatch a draw from the jaws of defeat for the Irish.

In their previous meetings, Wales have won only three out of the eight matched between the sides.

Each encounter, in 1983, 2007 and 2011, the final result was decided by a single goal.

Wales ran out 1-0 victors on each occasion with goals from Jeremy Charles, Freddy Eastwood and Gareth Bale respectively.

The highest scoring game between the two sides came in 1997, when a consolation Dean Saunders goal in the 82nd minute couldn’t reverse the damage already done by Bulgaria’s Krasimir Balakov and Luboslav Penev – the latter scoring a brace.

Neutrals may take heart of the fact that there has only ever been one goalless draw between the two nations in all the games in which they have faced each other.

The 0-0 tie came in an international friendly back in 2006, in a game which featured Welsh icons such as now manager Ryan Giggs, Craig Bellamy (Newcastle, Liverpool, Manchester City), Danny Gabbidon (Cardiff City, West Ham United) and Newport’s own James Collins.

Turning out for Bulgaria that day was former Premier League midfielder Stiliyan Petrov, once of Aston Villa and Celtic in the Scottish Premiership.