EUROPE: World Cup - Qualifiers
Match start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
Prior to the 7th round of the World Cup European qualifiers the national teams of Serbia and Ireland became the leaders of group D, having gained 12 points each. The 3rd and the 4th lines are taken by two participants of the forthcoming battle on Cardiff City Stadium. Now Wales and Austria have 8 points each.
So, what do we have? Two leaders are playing with underdogs in the 7th round and here the victory of the Serbians and the Irish is rather very predictable. But the national teams of Wales and Austria are meeting with each other. And this match has received the Cup status rightly.
National team of one football player
The team that will lose in Cardiff will definitely lose the chances to get to the FIFA World Cup Russia 2018 even through the play-offs.
We all remember the triumph of Wales during the last French EURO 2016. There is no sense to say once again that the modern team of Chris Coleman is the team of one football player. The fate of Wales depends on Gareth Bale’s physical fit.
Hot news from Madrid
During the second round of new Spanish season Real Madrid was left without its disqualified captain Cristiano Ronaldo and has lost two points in the home meeting against Valencia (2:2). Zinédine Zidane, who is generally very calm, was like a bear with a sore throat because of Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema’s game. That is why at the last moment the boss of Los Galácticos Florentino Pérez decided to strengthen the attack line with his new top class forward.
This fact demonstrates that Gareth Bale, who was substituted during the match against Valencia is now far from his ideal physical fit. And that is why the national teams of Wales and Austria have absolutely similar chances for the final success during the forthcoming meeting in Cardiff.
The team of Marcel Koller came to Wales without Marko Arnautović. But the other leaders of Austria David Alaba, Martin Harnik, Zlatko Junuzović and Julian Baumgartlinger are eager to fight for the FIFA World Cup’s berth.
Wales – 2.25, draw – 3.30, Austria – 3.60;
Our tip: Austria (Asian Handicap +0.5) - odds 1.74 Pinnacle