Wales v Austria betting should be an interesting affair as the home nation, who have been struggling lately, look to get back into form against a steadily improving Austrian side. Wales have lost three of their opening World Cup 2014 qualification matches and have been struggling badly in front of goal, while have been anything but tight at the back. Wales were thumped 6-1 by Serbia in Group A and defeats against Belgium and Croatia have pretty much left them out of contention for a place at Brazil 2014. So now they have to play for a lot of pride and have to start building towards something more positive again. Craig Bellamy’s non-committal over whether he wants to continue an international career or not, isn’t helping manager Chris Coleman, but he has been included in the squad along with West Ham’s James Collison.
Bellamy had been left out of Wales’ World Cup qualifying squads by Coleman, but the Cardiff striker seems to be over his injury problems at the moment. Swansea’s Ashley Williams will captain the side against Austria at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night. Wales have a poor record against Austria as it is, winning one, drawing one and losing five of their previous seven encounters. The last time they came together competitively was back in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, with Austria taking home and away wins against Wales with clean sheets. The last time Wales beat Austria was a 1-0 home win in November of 1975.
Austria don’t look to be a side who are going to give much away. The Australian have a W1 D1 L1 record from their three Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers so far, the defeat a narrow 2-1 loss against the all powerful Germans. Eight of the Austrian squad play in the German Bundesliga and defensively they look as if they have enough to shut out Wales again. Austria have kept four clean sheets in their six international matches. History here should suggest that the Austrians are worth backing for a win, especially with the Welsh losing five of their last six.
Wales v Austria Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Austria 13/8, Wales 17/10, Draw 11/5
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