Who awaits Wales in Group D?

Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Monday, 27 Jul 2015, 11:20

The names have been drawn and the groups have been selected for the 2018 World Cup Qualifiers.

For the first time ever, Wales were amongst the top seeds in Pot 1 when the draw was made in St Pettersburg on Saturday, 25 July.

Chris Coleman’s side will face Austria, Serbia, Ireland, Moldova and Georgia in Group D.

The campaign begins on Monday, 5 September 2016 when Wales welcome Moldova in their opening fixture and will end over a year later with another home match against Ireland on Monday, 9 October 2017.

Over all, Chris Coleman will be relatively pleased with the way the nations have been drawn as Wales avoided having to face the two former World Champions, France and Italy who had been placed in Pot 2.

Austria will be a tough test as they have beaten Wales five times out of their eight meetings to date.

Wales have never beaten Serbia or Georgia but with the current squad playing so well, these are hoodoos that Coleman will be looking to break.

And there will certainly be interest in the matches between Wales and Ireland, especially the last fixture of the group which could be vital if Wales hope to cross the line and reach a World Cup competition for the first time since 1958.

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