Wales v Georgia tips – Another three points for the Welsh on Sunday
Wales remarkable year can continue with a win against Georgia on Sunday
October 7th, 2016
2016 has been an exceptional year for the Welsh national side, Chris Coleman’s men effectively sticking their fingers up at those who mocked FIFA’s World Rankings system for placing them in the top ten.
Wales went on to confound their critics by reaching the last four of the 2016 European Championships only to be knocked out by eventual winners Portugal.
The side continued their excellent form into the 2018 World Cup qualifiers by thrashing Moldova 4-0 in their opening match and holding Austria to a 2-2 draw, although there would have been disappointment in the Welsh camp after they twice took the lead in Austria.
“It wasn’t our best performance but Austria are a very good team at home,” Chris Coleman said following the final whistle.
“To take three points we needed to be at our very best in every department but we weren’t.
“We found a way though, by hook or by crook, and we rode our luck at times. If you can get something when you are not at your best it is a good sign. We made trouble for ourselves, that’s not like us. We can play a lot better but we can’t fight any harder than that.”
Next up is Georgia and Coleman will doubtless demand a more thorough performance in front of an expectant home support on Sunday. The visitors head into this fixture having suffered back-to-back defeats to both Austria and the Republic of Ireland and as such it certainly isn’t a surprise to see the bookies make the hosts firm favourites to seal the three points this weekend with Paddy Power going 2/7 for a home win.
Clearly this price isn’t going to attract many punters to back Wales on the outright winner market although the 5/6 on offer from Paddy Power for a Welsh win-to-nil is an attractive price given that Coleman’s men managed seven clean sheets in their Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Wales were also pretty solid at the back throughout the European Championships and this should prove to be the case when they face a Georgia side which are far from ruthless in attack, especially away from home.
Another tempting choice is to back Wales -1 on the handicap market at Evens with Paddy Power. Georgia have conceded at least two goals in three of their last five outings and we believe that Wales can inflict a similar defeat on the visitors this time around in what should be a relatively routine victory.
Gareth Bale didn’t get himself onto the scoresheet in Wales’ last outing in Austria, however we’ll be backing him to add to his 13 Welsh goals from his last twenty appearances for the national side by opening the scoring against Georgia at the weekend.