Austria vs Wales Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification
This will be a scrap for top spot in Group D of World Cup 2018 qualification. Both Wales and Austria landed victories in their opening matches of the qualifiers and so will be looking to build up some early momentum. The winner of this is guaranteed to be carrying forward top spot, but a draw could see them leap frogged by either Ireland or Serbia. But this could be a tricky test away from home for Wales, who may not be totally unhappy with a point in the bag at the end of it. Will they be able to survive a tough test by Austria who were very good in Euro 2016 qualification, even though they failed to deliver at the tournament itself?
Austria vs Wales Odds
Austria 6/5, Draw 23/10, Wales 23/10
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Austria vs Wales Betting Tips
Wales will have their backers for their trip to Austria on Thursday night in the World Cup 2018 qualifiers. Wales cracked off a 4-0 home in over Moldova to get their campaign up and running and while this is going to be a massively more difficult encounter, there may be some value in the Dragons. Wales did win the last meeting between the two nations, which was in a friendly back in 2013, the Welsh running out 2-1 winners. In Euro 2016 qualifying, Wales lost just the one game and their campaign was based on a brilliant defensive effort, while banking on Gareth Bale to produce moments of magic. It Was largely the same way at Euro 2016 itself with Wales running to the semi’s against the odds.
So they are a nation with good momentum behind them and they have produced a W5 D0 L2 record in their last seven games, including that Euro 2016 run. There is a tempting price of 5/4 on a Wales Draw no bet for the fixture, which looks decent value really. Wales are going well at the moment, but they have failed to score two of their last three games against Austria. Also, Wales will have to dig without Aaron Ramsey pulling the strings in midfield, as he is pretty much the heart of the side. Real Madrid man Gareth Bale is trading at a price of 13/10 in the anytime goalscorer market for the qualifier. Remember that they more than held their own in Euro 2016 qualifiers against Belgium, their toughest group opponent, taking four points off them. Can they do a similar job on Austria?
Austria were great through Euro 2016 qualifying as well,but then sort of hit a wall. Since their final qualifier ahead of the summer tournament, Austria have produced just a W3 D1 L5 record in their last nine. Breaking that down into their last five they have carded just a W1 D1 L3 record. So not great and they do appear to be struggling a little bit at the back at the moment and that may tempt you to back Both Teams To Score for a price of even money with online betting site Sky Bet. Over 2.5 goals on the game too may offer a tempting proposition at 5/4. The last time that Austria hosted Wales was in World Cup 2006 qualifying and the Austrians won both of those meetings without conceding. Austria hold a W5 D1 L2 head to head record against the Welsh and up in the anytime goalscorer market, Marc Janko is a 13/8 shot with Marko Arnautovic at 5/2.
Tough game to call, and after opening with a 2-1 win at Georgia, Austria aren’t out of the picture in his one at all. However, the admirable Wales have a shot in this one. They are the better of the two at the back and if they can get Gareth Bale a couple of chances in and around the box, they can sneak out of this one with a win under their belt and take a huge step forward in qualifying for the World Cup 2018.