Wales Tipped To Strike First In Must Win World Cup Qualifier Against Austria

There is all to play for at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday night as Wales take on Austria in a crucial 2018 World Cup qualifier and both teams desperately need a win as they bid to close the gap on Serbia and Republic of Ireland at the top of Group D...

  • Austria have won three, drawn two and lost two of their meetings with Wales
  • Wales have drawn five World Cup qualifiers in a row

Saturday 2nd September - 7.45pm OddsWon/LostBet
Wales v Austria    
Tips Wales To Score First    Best Bet @ 4 / 5  

The Story So Far

Wales and Austria are currently level on eight points in Group D, with the Welsh ahead in third place thanks to a superior goal difference, but the pair start the day four points adrift of Serbia and Ireland.

This is 'must-win' territory this weekend as Wales bid to halt their frustrating habit of turning winning positions into draws, with Chris Coleman's men drawing five qualifiers in a row since they started the campaign with a resounding 4-0 win over Moldova.

Wales, who are unbeaten in nine competitive home games, are 5/4 for the win, while the draw specialists are 23/10 for another stalemate and Austria can be backed at 13/5 (Bet 365).
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Fast Out Of The Blocks

Austria have been in dreadful form since the end of the Euro 2016 qualification process as they have won just four matches since (drawn five, lost seven) and Marcel Koller has seen his side win two, draw two and lose two in Group D of World Cup qualifying so far.

They twice came from behind to draw 2-2 with Wales on home soil last October and the 13/2 for Austria to come from behind and draw again on Saturday (Paddy Power) is very interesting.

Wales have scored first in five of their six qualifiers so far (the other was a goalless draw with Ireland) and they are 4/5 to score first on Saturday (Betfred), albeit they have thrown away winning positions in four of those and they could do with ending that nasty habit if they are to challenge for the top-two places in the group.

Posted: Thursday, 31st August 2017
Author: Chris Knight

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