Wales v Austria Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

August 29, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Cardiff City Stadium - World Cup qualifier

Wales and Austria have been draw specialists of late but a point is of no use to either side as they are both four points behind Serbia and the Republic of Ireland as the push to reach Russia in 2018 approaches the business end. Both sides will go for the win but they may cancel each other out.

Past Meetings

The sides drew 2-2 in Vienna last October in their first meeting since Wales won at home in 2013. The previous meeting was in 2005 when Austria manage the last of their five wins. There have been two draws and two wins for Wales.

Team News

Wales have proved they are not a one-man team but that one man makes a major difference and Gareth Bale is available after suspension. Chris Coleman’s team however are without both midfielder Joe Allen and left back Neil Taylor who are suspended. Clubless Joe Ledley is not only in the squad but Coleman has indicated he will play if fit enough. 16 year old Ethan Ampadu is also included after moving from Exeter to Chelsea.

Austria’s strength is indicated by the fact that Tottenham’s Kevin Wimmer is only on standby for a squad that includes two uncapped players. These are defenders Maximilian Wober of SK Rapid and Rubin Kazan’s Moritz Bauer. West Ham’s big buy from Stoke, Marko Arnautovic, is the man Wales will fear after he scored twice in October’s draw.

Wales v Austria Preview and Predictions

Wales are 5/4 on to get the win they badly need but will have to end their run of five successive draws, a sequence that began with October’s reverse meeting with Austria. The odds on another draw are 23/10 with the best price on a win for Austria 137/50.

Sam Vokes has started the season well for Burnley and is decent odds for the first goal at 6/1 while 3/1 is available on talisman Gareth Bale opening the scoring. Having scored twice for Austria against Chris Coleman’s side in this qualifying group and having had a rest last weekend when he was suspended for West Ham’s game at Newcastle odds of 15/2 on Marko Arnautovic opening the scoring are bound to attract some punters.

Austria have drawn three and won one of their last four games, most recently holding joint group leaders the Republic of Ireland to a 1-1 draw in Dublin during the summer. They are more than capable of frustrating and perhaps upsetting Wales but with home advantage and the incentive of reaching another major tournament after their tremendous showing at the last Euro’s the extra quality of Bale may well help Coleman to deliver.

Recommended bets

The match to be drawn after Wales lead at half time at 17/1

Attractive odds for two evenly matched sides where the home team will pile forward looking for three points but the visitors are capable of fighting back.

Wales to win 2-1 at 9/1

An entirely possible scoreline at a rewarding price. Both sides need to win but with home advantage Wales could edge it.

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