Austria v Wales tips – Back-to-back qualifying wins for the Welsh
Wales kicked-off their World Cup qualifers in excellent fashion and they can grab a second successive win in Austria on Thu
October 5th, 2016
Chris Coleman’s men are enjoying something of a high at the moment and it isn’t hard to see why given that they made a huge impression at this summer’s European Championships, the side going out to eventual winners Portugal at the semi-final stage of their first ever foray into the tournament.
Coleman’s stock could not be much higher at the moment and it isn’t a shock to see him connected with numerous clubs and even the England team. Nevertheless he is still in charge at Wales and he will certainly be focused on steering his side to their first World Cup in sixty years.
“That question [about the England job] would never have been asked of me before [Euro 2016],” he told reporters. “My answer would be a big fat ‘no’.
“I think the next England manager should be an Englishman. I don’t think it should be someone from overseas – I don’t care what his record is. I know how much it means to me to manage Wales. Unless you are from that country, you can never ever know how much it means to represent your country. There are good English managers there, and that is where they should be looking.”
Wales launched their qualifying campaign for Russia 2018 with a comprehensive 4-0 victory over Moldova with star-player Gareth Bale scoring twice. Can the Welsh continue in similar fashion by grabbing a second successive win on Thursday evening? We believe so.
Austria’s qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 was impressive but their impact in France was far from that with a swift exit from the competition following defeats to Iceland and Hungary as well as drawing against Portugal. They started their World Cup qualifiers in better fashion with a 2-1 win over Georgia but we expect them to struggle against a Welsh side which are on a high at the moment.
The big question is, who if anyone will keep their perfect record on Thursday evening? The Austrians start as favourites at 13/10 with 888sport, however we don’t believe that they will edge a Wales side which are maintaining their excellent form at the moment. Indeed, the Welsh have proven that they can continue this form away from home and we believe that they will avoid defeat on Thursday with Bet365 going odds of 7/10 on the double chance market for Wales/Draw.
Another appealing bet is Under 2.5 goals, given that seven of Wales’ ten Euro 2016 qualifiers involved less than this number of goals, mainly due to a solid Welsh rearguard. As such, a low-scoring encounter looks likely in Vienna although that doesn’t for a second mean that we won’t be looking at goalscorers.
Gareth Bale is a name which must be considered when looking at scorers and whilst the Welsh certainly aren’t a one-man team, Bale is nevertheless a huge talent and is hard to ignore on the anytime goalscorer market, especially with BetVictor going odds of 7/4 that he finds the net at some point.