Georgia vs Wales Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

5th October 2017 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

A big night ahead for Wales as they go to Tbilisi to face Georgia. If the Welsh can pick up three points from the fixture then all that they would need to do in their final group match, which is against Ireland, is to simply avoid defeat. That would guarantee them a top two finish. They are missing their main man Gareth Bale for this though, but with Georgia not having won a game so far in qualification, there is a chance for the Welsh. Wales need a big away night under their belt to try and push on closer to playing at the World Cup next summer.

Georgia vs Wales Odds

Wales even money, Draw 12/5, Georgia 10/3

Georgia vs Wales Betting Tips

Wales will be without Gareth Bale for their final two group qualifiers. That is the big news. Georgia will be happy about that. They are actually out of the qualification picture in the group as they have remained winless and have collected only five points in their campaign in a D5 L3 record. But they haven’t been terrible and earned a 1-1 draw in Cardiff against Wales last October. Wales need points, not only to lock in a top two finish, but if they end up in second then they will need to have enough to be one of the eight best runners up from the nine groups. Results against the bottom side in the group won’t count towards sorting out the best eight of nine runners-up, so their six points against Moldova in the campaign will be wiped out (assuming Moldova finishes bottom) which technically puts the Welsh on just eight points going into this one. Of the nine teams sitting in second place in UEFA qualification groups, the Welsh already have the lowest points tally.

So the loss of Bale, who has been responsible for a third of the Welsh goals in the group, is huge. Walles aren’t a one-man team of course, but without the Real Madrid forward, this away game looks even trickier. Bale scored in that 1-1 home draw against Georgia back in October last year. In the bet365 correct score mark at a 1-1 draw is a price of 11/2, with only a Wales 1-0 shorter at 9/2. Hal Robson-Kanu is the 12/5 bet3365 anytime goalscorer favourite with Sam Vokes at 7/4. Wales have won their last two matches so can carry some winning momentum forward with them after having drawn four on the bounce. Wales are not likely to suffer a defeat here as they have taken a point at Serbia, Ireland and Austria in the group as part of their overall W3 D5 L0 record.

But in the bigger picture of the play offs, Wales will really need more than a point in this fixture and have to step up to the plate. Both teams to score at bet365 returns a price of 6/5 and that gets a mention as both teams have scored in seven of Georgia’s eight qualifiers. Even though Georgia haven’t won in the group they have been competitive and in their last two qualifiers they have picked up a 1-1 draw against Austria and Ireland and that will have to have put Wales on alert. It really just leaves the question as to whether or not Wales will be able to get enough quality in the final third of the pitch to do enough to take a victory in this one. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 fetches a price of 1/2. Wales have not won a match without Gareth Bale since 2013, drawing three and losing three matches in his absence.

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