Georgia v Wales Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 02, 2017
Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena - World Cup Qualifying Group D
Anything other than a Wales win could allow the Republic of Ireland to leap-frog into a play-off place but Group D leaders Serbia aren’t out of reach either.
Wales have yet to beat Georgia in four attempts but now is the time to start. The sides drew 1-1 in Wales a year ago while Georgia won the matches in 2008, 1995 and 1994, including a 5-0 good-hiding in their only home game.
Gareth Bale is the big concern. Bale missed Real Madrid’s match with Espanyol last weekend although Real boss Zinedine Zidane indicated the muscle fatigue problem was not serious so Chris Coleman can be optimistic of having their main man available. Wales are without injured defenders Jazz Richards and James Collins.
Georgia will hope to have Tornike Okriashbili available. The midfielder has been used as a sub by his club Krasnodar recently, including at Arsenal in the Europa League last week, and scored in the away game with Wales last October.
Georgia v Wales Preview and Predictions
Wales are 8/11 to win the game with Georgia 5/1 for victory and odds on the draw being 11/4.
It’s all to play for as Wales could win the group, end up in the Play-offs or miss out altogether. Should leaders Serbia slip up in Austria victory for Wales could see them just a point behind the Serbs with a game to play. However even a draw for Wales in Tbilisi could see the Republic of Ireland overtake them with a home win over bottom of the group Moldova. That would leave the Irish able to take a point from the final match in Wales leaving Coleman’s side under pressure.
Georgia can’t finish higher than fourth but need points to ensure they don’t finish bottom former Slovakia coach Vladimir Weiss will want to continue Georgia’s recent record as difficult to beat opponents. Georgia have drawn five of their last six games, losing the other to group leaders Serbia but they are evidently no pushovers.
After a run of four draws Wales have returned to winning ways with back to back wins. They have more incentive and are tipped to edge a hard fought game with perhaps Aaron Ramsey being crucial as he wins his 50th cap.
With 17-year old Ben Woodburn doing so well recently Coleman has called up Chelsea’s 17- year old Ethan Ampadu and 20-year old uncapped Sheffield United winger David Brooks.
Wales to win after being level at half time at 18/5
Draw specialists Georgia are likely to hold workmanlike Wales until late on but Coleman will want to win and Wales are likely to push for the three points and get them.
Wales first goal to come between the 71st and 80th minute at 12/1.
Attractive odds for an entirely possible scenario as a disciplined Georgia could hold Wales but the visitors won’t want just one point and will be pushing hard.