Two hard-fought victories against Austria and Moldova in early September have rekindled hopes that Chris Coleman’s squad and the Red Wall will be visiting Red Square next summer. With two Group D qualifiers remaining Wales need two victories to ensure at least a place in the World Cup 2018 play-offs. The first of these fixtures involves a long journey to take on Georgia at the Boris Paichadze Arena in Tbilisi. Georgia v Wales is live on S4C this Friday, 6th October at 16:30, with kick-off at 17:00.
Wales have never beaten Georgia at international level and their last visit to Tbilisi back in 1994 saw a heavy 5-0 defeat for a side including Rush, Hughes and Southall as well as a young Chris Coleman in central defence! Coleman will demand a better performance and result against the Georgians to set up a crunch final qualifier in Cardiff against the Republic of Ireland.
Chris Coleman’s team are currently 4 points behind Serbia who currently top Group D with two games remaining. Serbia travel to Austria on Friday before facing Georgia at home on Monday.
Wales will have to overcome Georgia and the Republic of Ireland without their talisman,Gareth Bale after the Football Association of Wales confirmed his absence due to Injury. Bale was absent from Real Madrid’s 2-0 win over Espanyol over the weekend, with initial optimism that the forward would be available for Wales’ two final World Cup qualifying fixtures.
Due to Bale’s absence Tom Bradshaw has been drafted into the squad.
There are two new faces to the Wales squad for the two qualifying games – Preston’s goalkeeper, Chris Maxwell (formerly of Wrexham and Connah’s Quay), and Sheffield United midfielder, David Brooks.
Brooks has played for England under 20s in the Toulon Tournament over the summer months before representing Wales at under 21 level is September v Switzerland. David Brooks is eligible to play for Wales through his Mother, who if from Llangollen.
Wales’ talisman, Gareth Bale will miss the two qualifying games due to injury, with Tom Bradshaw drafted into the squad in his place.
If selected, Aaron Ramsey will win his 50th cap. The Arsenal midfielder has scored 13 goals for Wales after scoring against Moldova, he’s equal with John Toshack (13) and one goal behind John Hartson (14) on the Wales’ all-time scorers list.
Georgia v Wales is live on S4C this Friday, 6th October at 16:30, with kick-off at 17:00.