Austria vs Wales Tips
Wales travel to Vienna for a huge World Cup qualification match against Austria, their main rival in Group D. Both these teams enjoyed a rare taste of an international tournament at Euro 2016 last summer, although Wales left France having exceeded expectations, while Austria departed after failing to live up to theirs. On Thursday night they’ll both aim for a positive result to add to the wins they each picked up last time out.
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Austria vs Wales Betting tips: Mark Janko will score at least once
If considering an anytime goalscorer bet then there really is only one option for Wales, with Gareth Bale having netted seven of his nation’s 11 qualifying goals during their march to Euro 2016. In terms of Austrian goalscorers, the most sensible name to back is Mark Janko, who is priced at 13/8 to score at any point during the 90 minutes of action.
Not only is the 33-year-old having a stellar start to his season with FC Basel, having netted four goals already in the Swiss league, but he also grabbed the decisive goal in Austria’s 2-1 win over Georgia to start this World Cup qualifying campaign.
Including that Georgia goal, Janko has now found the back of the net in six of Austria’s last seven qualifying matches, proving that the veteran player is still capable of performing on the international stage. Should he perform against Wales, then there could be a tidy profit to be made.
Wales will be without Aaron Ramsey since the Arsenal midfielder is recovering from a hamstring injury.
Want another Austria vs Wales prediction? Back Austria to win to nil
Although Wales smashed four goals past Moldova in the opening round of World Cup qualification fixtures, they’ll face a far tougher challenge when the whistle blows at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion.
Austria secured their qualification for Euro 2016 thanks to their stingy defence and their record was especially impressive at home. They have won each of their past four home qualifiers without conceding a single goal, defeating Liechtenstein 3-0 and sending Montenegro, Russia and Moldova home with 1-0 losses. Including the 2014 World Cup qualifying campaign, in Austria’s last 10 home matches they have won to nil seven times, they’ve won not to nil once, they’ve drawn once and they’ve lost once – with that sole defeat being a far from embarrassing 2-1 loss to Germany.
Considering Wales failed to score away from home against the two bigger nations in their group – Bosnia and Herzegovina and Belgium – in qualifying for Euro 2016, a bet on the home side to win to nil on Thursday evening could prove to be a great tip. At odds of 12/5, it is certainly worth a bet.
Wales may be as high in confidence as a side can be, but it should be kept in mind that this away game is the toughest fixture they have on their World Cup qualifying schedule.