Wales vs Austria: Bale return set to inspire Dragons

Wales vs Austria: Bale return set to inspire Dragons

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Odds: Wales 23/20, Draw 11/5, Austria 12/5

Kick Off: 1945, 02/09/2017

Stadium: City Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

Wales and Austria both need to produce a strong finish in Group D if they are to qualify for next year’s World Cup and that could lead to an entertaining encounter in Cardiff on Saturday.

These teams drew 2-2 in Vienna last October but a stalemate would not really suit either side this time, with Serbia and Republic of Ireland four points ahead of them.

The vibes are that this will be an open contest and we’re backing the hosts at 23/20 to capitalise on that in our Wales vs Austria betting predictions.

A Look At Wales’ Betting Odds

Wales are still unbeaten in this pool but since crushing Moldova 4-0 on home turf, they have had to settle for a share of the spoils in their last five fixtures.

A couple of 1-1 draws with Serbia and a goalless stalemate against Republic of Ireland in Dublin are pretty decent results, though, so there is still scope for the Dragons to book a trip to Russia 2018.

Ashley Williams said: “We haven’t had momentum in this campaign and that’s been frustrating, but I do feel it’s changed after the Serbia game.

“It was still a draw, but it felt like a good draw. It felt like the start then. If we can win this one, then we can keep this momentum going for the last three games. That will be the plan, to pick up a bit of steam to finish the campaign.”

Chris Coleman must cope without suspended duo Joe Allen and Neil Taylor, Emyr Huws is out with an Achilles problem and Joe Ledley has not played a club game for nearly seven months.

Aaron Ramsey is another concern due to a calf problem but the major boost will be getting Gareth Bale back after a one-match ban.

The winger has featured for almost all of Real Madrid’s first two LaLiga games, opening the scoring against Deportivo, and we like 33/4 he stars in a 2-1 home win for our Wales vs Austria betting tips.

A Look At Austria’s Betting Odds

After seeing off Moldova 2-0, Austria were within five minutes of securing back-to-back wins until Jon Walters equalised late on for Ireland in a 1-1 Dublin draw over the summer.

They also gave Serbia a tough test in Belgrade, twice coming from behind before eventually going down 3-2, so this is a team prepared to have a real go on the road.

Like Wales, the visitors have issues in midfield, with Zlatko Junuzovic, Valentino Lazaro and Alessandro Schoepf all absent but West Ham ace Marko Arnautovic is back after missing the trip to Ireland.

The 28-year-old received a red card on his last outing for the Hammers but will have fond memories of facing Wales following a brace in the Vienna draw.

Looking at the Wales vs Austria odds, 17/4 for a home win and both teams to score takes the eye.

Additional stats

Last result:

Serbia 1-1 WALES – Aaron Ramsey (pen)

Republic of Ireland 1-1 AUSTRIA – Martin Hinteregger

Head-to-head: Austria 2-2 Wales, Wales 2-1 Austria, Austria 1-0 Wales, Wales 0-2 Austria.

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Best bets for Wales vs Austria

Wales to win @ 23/20

Wales to win 2-1 @ 33/4

Wales to win and BTTS @ 17/4