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World Cup Qualifiers: Austria vs Wales Predictions & Betting Tips

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World Cup Qualifiers: Austria vs Wales Predictions & Betting Tips

Austria and Wales meet up in Vienna on Thursday as they look to build on their opening day wins in World Cup Qualifying. Our free betting predictions suggest that the visitors should be able to get something from this game.

Austria vs Wales
When: 6th October, 19:45
Where: Ernst-Happel-Stadion

Free Betting Tips: Wales Win or Draw Double Chance at 7/10 with bet365
Correct Score Predictions: Wales to Win 2-1 at 11/1 with bet365

Austria went into Euro 2016 tipped as dark horses to go far in the competition after a long process of rebuilding their football system from grassroots and up. The likes of David Alaba, Marc Janko, Marko Arnautovic, and Alexander Dragovic were all coming into their prime and they had a wide open group of Portugal, Iceland, and Hungary.

It didn’t quite work out for them though. They shockingly lost their opener 2-0 against a determined Hungary side and followed it with a drab goalless draw against Portugal. A 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the final group game put them back on the plane to Austria after a dismal showing.

Austria weren’t exactly convincing in September when they face Georgia in their first World Cup qualifier. Goals from Hinteregger and Janko put them two up at half time, but they failed to add to this tally and a 78th minute goal for the hosts added an edge to the final 12 minutes. They did at least manage to hang on though.

With them being involved in a group including Wales, Serbia, and Republic of Ireland they will have to up their game in order to qualify for the World Cup. Three points on Friday would go a long way in that battle though.

Wales currently sit atop the group after a convincing 4-0 thrashing of Moldova in their qualifying opener. This followed on from an unbelievable run of form in France in the summer. They beat Slovakia and Russia either side of an unfortunate defeat to England to qualify top of their group, setting up a knockout stage clash with Northern Ireland.

They eventually broke them down and won 1-0 before shockingly beating the talented Belgium 3-1 in the quarter finals. They were deservedly beat in the semi finals by eventual winners Portugal, but overall it was a fantastic campaign for Wales and will give them a lot of hope for the future. That run of form, in my eyes, makes them favourites to win this group.

This will be one of Wales’ toughest tests during qualifying though. The visitors are in great form though and Austria have only won six of their last 14 home games as well. These were against the likes of Malta, Albania, Moldova, and Liechtenstein too, whereas they have struggled when Switzerland, Turkey, Brazil, and Netherlands have paid a visit to Vienna.

Wales are definitely in the same league of quality as those teams who have given Austria problems, and considering their form and Austria’s lack of it I think the visitors have a real chance. Odds of 7/10 for a Wales Win or Draw Double Chance are incredibly good value, so I’m backing that along with a 2-1 win for Wales at 11/1 for my correct score prediction.

Head To Head
Austria have won three, drawn one, and lost two of their six meetings with Wales, with the last one being a 2-1 Wales win in a friendly in 2013.

Stats
Austria have only won 42% of their last 14 home games, with them losing 36% of them.

Team News

All the usual big guns are there for Austria such as Marc Janko, Marko Arnautovic, Alexander Dragovic, and David Alaba. 22 year old striker Michael Gregoritsch and defender Stefan Stangl will be hoping to make their first start for Austria, whilst 22 year old midfielder Alessandro Schopf is hoping to continue his fledgling international career which has seen him score two goals in his first eight appearances.

Aaron Ramsey will miss out for Wales due to injury, but the rest of their big players are present and correct. Gareth Bale will probably lead the line with Ashley Williams captaining from the back. 22 year old Ipswich striker Tom Lawrence will be hoping to add to his four international appearances, whilst Chris Gunter is the most capped player in the squad with 74 appearances to his name.

Free Betting Tips: Wales Win or Draw Double Chance at 7/10 with bet365
Correct Score Predictions: Wales to Win 2-1 at 11/1 with bet365

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