Wales vs Georgia Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification
It’s time for Wales to knuckle down after their 2-2 draw against Austria on Thursday night. The Welsh were second best for long periods of the game despite taking the lead twice in the match. That will have been hugely dispiriting for them to have given the lead away twice in such an important game on the road against one of their main rivals for top spot in Group D of World Cup 2018 qualification. But they need to pick themselves up from that tough game and figure out a way to break down a resilient looking Georgia in Cardiff on Sunday.
The Wales we saw against Austria was a side playing nowhere near their best. They were nervous and disjointed at the back, which is very unlike them. The goals that they conceded really should have been avoided. The good thing in this one though is that Georgia are not going to cause them as many problems defensively as Austria did, so the Welsh are value to take the win in this one. They are waiting on a fitness test on Joe Allen, who scored the first goal of the game against Wales, but had a hamstring tweak which saw him removed after half time.
The Welsh sit top of qualification Group D but they are still level on points with Serbia, Ireland and Austria. So this is likely to be the most competitive group of the lot and the Welsh cannot afford to drop points at home here. Gareth Bale is trading as 13/8 favourite in the first goalscorer market and they need a bigger game from him, as he was really quiet against Austria. The Real Madrid man is a 1/2 option in the anytime goalscorer market. There will be some appeal running on a Draw/Wales half time/full time wager for price of 9/4 in this one and the appeal comes from Georgia having been level at the break in their opening two qualification matches for World Cup 2018.
With Georgia not being a free-scoring side, it is worth looking under 2.5 goals for the match which returns a price of 9/10. Georgia have shown some decent resistance so far in the group. This will be just the second meeting between the two nations, Georgia winning that previous clash which was an international friendly back in 2008, by a 2-1 scoreline. Because the Georgians have lost both of their qualification matches for the 2018 World Cup by a one goal margin, there is appeal on that happening again. Wales to win this fixture by a one goal margin is a quote of 15/8 with online betting site Bet365.
So Georgia have lost their two games so far, but were sat at 0-0 at half time in both of their losses, which came against Austria and Ireland. So they aren’t going to get smashed out of sight it would seem, but they don’t have a lot of offensive threat about them. To their credit, they took 57% of possession in their defeat in Ireland on Thursday night. Even though they have been battling really well, they look a way short of actually posting a victory as they have one win in their last nine in a (W1 D2 L6) record. Looking back at Euro 2016 qualification, Georgia won just three games and two of those were against Gibraltar.
Wales vs Georgia Odds
Wales 2/9, Draw 9/2, Georgia 14/1
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Wales vs Georgia Betting Tips
So a chance for Wales to keep themselves tracking along in full contention for a place at the 2018 World Cup. They won’t be tested as much at the back by Georgia as there were against Austria. Wales will know how lucky they were to get out of their trip to Vienna with a point in the bag. This is where character counts in shaking that poor performance off and getting down to basics and putting a win on the board. Georgia have been resilient so look for Wales to win by a one goal margin.