Wales will host Austria in the Round 2 semi-finals of the UEFA qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The match will start at 7:45 p.m. G.M.T on Thursday, 24 March 2021. The match venue is Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff.
Latest odds on betting sites
Wales has their winning odds placed at 2.95 (+195 American; 39/20 Fractional). Austria has their winning odds placed at 2.84 (+184; 46/25). The betting odds for a draw are placed at 3.00 (+200; 2/1).
The chances of the outcomes are as follows: Wales — 33%, draw — 33%, Austria — 34%.
Latest betting odds on Wales vs Austria (24 March 2022):
- Over 2.5 goals — 2.62 (+162; 81/50)
- Under 2.5 goals — 1.55 (-182; 11/20)
- Asian handicap (+0.25) on Wales — 1.63 (-159; 63/100)
- Asian handicap (-0.25) on Austria — 2.29 (+129; 129/100)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 2.20 (+120; 6/5)
- Both teams to score (No) — 1.63 (-159; 63/100)
Match preview and statistics
Wales drew their last game against Belgium in Group E. Kevin De Bruyne opened the scoreline in the 12th minute with a curling shot into the back of the net. Kieffer Moore levelled the scoreline in the 32nd minute with a powerful shot into the net.
The Dragons had 24% ball possession and 183 passes completed. Wales had an expected goal of 0.42 compared to Belgium’s expected goal of 1.04. The Dragons created zero big chances. They had eight shots with three being on target.
Wales finished second in the group with 15 points as they won four games, drew three and lost one. The Dragons have scored 14 goals while conceding nine goals. They are unbeaten in their last five games.
Wales team news: All players are fit and available for the game.
Austria got a 4-1 victory over Moldova in their last qualifier game. Marko Arnautovic opened the scoreline with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Christopher Trimmel doubled their lead in the 22nd minute with a right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom left corner.
Marko Arnautovic made it 3-0 in the 54th minute as he converted a penalty with a right-footed shot to the bottom left corner. Ion Nicolaescu pulled one back in the 59th minute with a right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Dejan Ljubicic made it 4-1 in the 82nd minute with a right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.
Austria were totally dominant with 64% of the ball and completed 532 passes. The Boys had an expected goal of 1.78 while creating one big chance. Austria had 17 shots with seven being on target.
Austria finished fourth with 16 points and five games while drawing one and suffering four losses. They scored 19 goals while conceding 17 goals with a goal difference of +2.
Austria team news: Christopher Trimmel tested positive for Covid and is a doubt for the game. Dejan Ljubicic is unavailable due to an illness.
Wales vs Austria H2H
Wales won the last game between both sides by a goal to nil.
One of the last two games between both sides have ended in over 2.5 goals.
Lineups and key players
Wales projected starting lineup:
- Jordan Pickford
- Danny Ward
- Chris Gunter
- Chris Mepham
- Joe Rodon
- Ben Davies
- Joe Allen
- Aaron Ramsey
- Gareth Bale
- Harry Wilson
- Keiffer Moore
- Dan James
Notable subs: Brennan Johnson, Joe Morrell, Ethan Ampadu and Tyler Roberts.
Gareth Bale is Wales' best player as he showed his ability at the Euros. Tia. Bale has scored three goals during the qualifiers, underperforming his expected goals of 3.48. He has provided three assists while creating nine chances.
Austria projected starting lineup:
- Daniel Bachmann
- Stefan Posch
- Aleksandar Dragovic
- Martin Hintenregger
- David Alaba
- Julian Baumgartlinger
- Florian Grilitsch
- Konrad Laimer
- Marcel Sabitzer
- Christoph Baumgartner
- Marko Arnautovic
Marko Arnautovic scored two goals in their 4-1 victory over Moldova in their last game. The Austria international has scored five goals in the qualifiers, overperforming his expected goals of 3.88. Arnautovic has two assists while providing 12 key passes.
Prediction and betting tips
Austria has been good as they showed their abilities during the European Championship. They have won three of their last five games in all competitions. Austria looks stronger and should get the edge over Wales. I predict Austria to win.
Two of the last two Austria games have ended in over 2.5 goals. Two of the last four Wales games have ended in over 2.5 goals. One of the last two games between both sides have ended in over 2.5 goals. I predict over 2.5 goals
Betting prediction: Austria to win
Odds: 2.84 (+184 American; 46/25 Fractional)
Betting prediction: Over 2.5 goals
Odds: 2.62 (+162 American; 81/50 Fractional)