Wales vs Serbia Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

11th November 2016 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

Home games in the World Cup qualifiers are crucial and Wales can’t really afford to let this one slip through their fingers. They would fall five points adrift of group leaders Serbia if they were to suffer a loss in this one. Both Wales and Serbia have gone unbeaten across their three qualifiers played so far, but Serbia are on a seven match unbeaten streak and may be able to frustrate the Welsh in Cardiff. The Welsh have taken four points from their two home games so far and really need to find a way to make home advantage count in this one. Not an easy game though and top spot will look a long way off if they fall.

Wales vs Serbia Odds

Wales 13/10, Draw 11/5, Serbia 21/10

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Wales vs Serbia Betting Tips

Can Wales do a bit better than they did the last time that they crashed head on with Serbia? That was four years ago when the Welsh were easily brushed aside by the Serbians. Their first meeting with them saw Wales lose 6-1 in Novi Sad and then the Dragons were taken down 3-0 at home as well. The 6-1 loss made Chris Coleman’s start in the Wales managerial job, the worst ever, that being his fourth game in charge only of them. But the Welsh have certainly come along way in four years and were on a high in reaching the Euro 2016 semi finals against all the odds in the summer. So now Wales and Serbia meet again and a place at the World Cup 2018 is at stake. Wales start the game two points behind group leaders Serbia. After opening with a comfortable 4-0 home win over Moldova, Wales saw their progress stunted with back to back draws against Austria and Georgia.

This will be the third home game then for Wales in qualification for the World Cup 2018 so far and they really need to take advantage of these fixtures on home soil. This is probably going to boil down to being a very tight group. So with the previous two meetings between these two going over the 2.5 goals line, you can back this one to go the same way too if your like, with a price of 8/13 on over 2.5 goals at bookmaker Bet365. You can take a shot of both teams to score in the match for a quote of 19/20 as well with them. Considering that both of these have produced plenty of goals so far, that could be a decent punt. Gareth Bale is trading at a price of 21/20 in the anytime goalscorer market for this one.

So the Welsh defence may come under some pressure as Serbia have done well going forward. So this by no means is going to be easy for the Welsh and Serbia indeed look a bit under priced. Serbia are top of the qualification group so far, responding to their opening 2-2 draw with Ireland to go on and win their following games over Moldova and Austria. Serbia netted three goals in both of those wins as well. Southampton’s Dusan Tadic has scored two qualification goals so far, as has Newcastle’s Aleksandar Mitrovic. Mitrovic is a 12/5 punt in the Bet365 anytime goalscorer market with Tadic at 7/2 and that’s not to mention other threats through Aleksandar Pecic and Andrija Pavlovic around the 11/4 mark.

So they have some power pressing forward and they have gone unbeaten in their last seven competitive matches as well. They have also returned at least two goals in five of their last seven matches too. So they have reason to be confident in this one and even if it were to be just the point away from home, they probably wouldn’t be complaining about that at the end of the game. The fact that they could be happy with a point makes them more resilient as well. You can back a price of 15/4 on Serbia to win to nil which is a big option. It’s worth looking for parity at half time because there may not be too much to split them. A Draw/Wales half time/full time option is a 9/2 shot with a Draw/Serbia half time/full time option at 11/2.

So in conclusion this is probably going to be a tight game. Serbia have done enough to suggest that they can hold out for a point on the road here and that would suit them just fine because it keeps the Welsh behind them. Wales will have to be very wary about the attacking options that Serbia will bring and as the status of Wales has risen so much since the last time that these two met, just settle on the draw in the match outright, a score draw at that.

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