Wales will face Georgia in its third World Cup Qualifying match on Sunday as the dragons look to return to the winning ways after their draw against Austria in Vienna.
Date, Kick-Off Time, And Venue
The game will take place on October 9, 2016, at Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff. The kick-off times for various time zones are provided below.
- U.K. time: 5:00 p.m
- U.S.A. time: 12:00 p.m.
- Pacific time: 9:00 a.m.
- Kenyan time: 7:00 p.m.
- UAE time: 8:00 p.m.
- Indian time: 9:30 p.m.
- Malaysia time: 2:00 a.m.
Preview and Team News
Wales had a good night in Vienna as it earned a hard point against a relatively tougher team in Group D, Austria. Wales took the lead twice in the game, but Austria responded strongly to deny the Dragons the win which would maintain their perfect start in the qualifiers.
Marko Arnautovic two goal earned his man-of-the-match award in the night. For Wales, Joe Allen scored, and Austrian defender Kevin Wimmer scored an own goal.
Wales talisman Gareth Bale focused on the positive sides of the match. He told BBC, “This is a very difficult place to come but we ground out a 2-2 draw.
“Austria will beat a lot of teams here, a point is positive.”
Manager Chris Coleman also had something to say about the Austria game as he urged his team to improve in the next game against Georgia.
“We have to be honest and say we’ll take that point. It wasn’t our best performance but Austria are a very good team at home.
“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.”
One bad note for Wales is that their metronome Joe Allen will miss the Georgia game. With Aaron Ramsey already absent, Coleman has a tough task of replacing two of his top players.
Wales Predicted Line-Up (5-3-2): Hennessey; Gunter, Taylor, Williams, Chester, Davies; King, Edwards, Ledley; Bale, Vokes
Georgia Predicted Line-Up (4-2-3-1): Loria; Navalovski, Kashia, Kverkvelia, Kakabadze; Daushvili, Gvilia; Okriashvili, Ananidze, Qazaishvili; Mchedlidze
TV Schedule and Channel
In the U.K., the match will be live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 1 HD. You can also watch the game at the live stream link provided at the end of this article.
Wales vs. Georgia: Head-to-Head (H2H)
Wales will hope that their past record against Georgia doesn’t affect this game, as it has lost all three previous games against Georgia.
The last times Wales locked horns with Georgia was in 2008 in an international friendly game. The game ended 2-1 in the favor of Georgia.
Wales vs. Georgia: Prediction
Time has changed now as Wales, who used to be a rookie team in Europe in past decades, is a force to be reckoned with. The Dragons reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016 this summer, whereas Georgia didn’t even qualify for the tournament. Wales is currently top of the Group D of the European World Cup 2018 qualifiers with four points, while Georgia is yet to earn a point.
Bookmakers believe Wales will win the game comfortably, and we don’t doubt them either.
Final Predicted Score: Wales 3-1 Georgia
Wales vs. Georgia: Betting Tips and Odds
- Wales win: 2/7
- A draw: 7/2
- Georgia win: 10/1
- Under 2.5 goals: 8/11
- Over 2.5 goals: evens
- Both teams to score: 11/8
- Both teams fail to score: 8/15
Key Points to consider
- Wales lost all 3 games with Georgia
- Wales has scored 6 goals in last two games
- Wales kept just one clean sheet in last 4 games
- Georgia lost 11 of last 12 World Cup qualifiers on the road
- Georgia scored 6 goals in last 7 away fixtures
(The odds were provided by Paddypower.)
Wales vs. Georgia: Live Stream
The match can be watched live streaming online in the link here.
The link will be updated just before kick-off.
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