Preview: Wales v Austria

Football – 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia – Qualifying Group D – Wales v Serbia
Rhys Llwyd

Rhys Llwyd

Tuesday, 29 Aug 2017, 10:02

The World Cup qualifier between Wales and Austria will be live on S4C this Saturday with both sides needing three points to stay within reach of group leaders Serbia and Ireland.

With only four games remaining in the World Cup qualifiers, Wales and Austria are equal on eigh points apiece, trailing Serbia and Ireland by four points

Only the group winners qualify automatically for the World Cup in Russia, and a defeat against Austria could leave Wales seven points adrift of the group leaders by the end of the night.

Chris Coleman’s side remain unbeaten in the campaign, despite winning only once, but five draws mean that finishing as group runners-up could be the realistic target for Wales by now.

The eight best runners-up across all groups will advance to the second round (play-offs). The ninth-ranked runners-up will be eliminated.

Since beating Moldova in the opening game of the campaign, Wales have drawn all five of their fixtures, and have been ahead at the break in all of those games except the 0-0 draw with Ireland.

The last Wales met Austria the game finished 2-2.

Joe Allen and an own goal from Kevin Wimmer meant that Wales led 1-2 at half-time after Marko Arnautovic had netted for the Austrians.

Arnautovic got his second of the game after the interval which meant that the points were shared.

Wales will have to cope without Joe Allen on Saturday as he serves his one match suspension after picking up two yellow cards in the qualifiers, while Neil Taylor is still suspended after his dismissal at the Arriva Stadium.

Welsh fans will be glad to see the return of Gareth Bale following his one match suspension.

Group D remaining fixtures:
2 September 2017
Georgia v Rep Ireland – 17.00
Serbia v Moldova – 17.00
Wales v Austria – 19.45

5 September 2017
Austria v Georgia
Moldova v Wales
Rep Ireland v Serbia

6 October 2017
Georgia v Wales
Austria v Serbia
Rep Ireland v Moldova

9 October 2017
Moldova v Austria
Serbia v Georgia
Wales v Rep Ireland

Wales v Austria – LIVE on S4C on Saturday, 2 September at 19:15.

There will be no English red button commentary available due to broadcasting rights.