World Cup Qualifying: Betting tips, latest odds and best offers for Serbia v Wales, Ireland v Austria and more

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A whole host of World Cup qualifying matches take place this weekend including Serbia v Wales and Republic of Ireland v Austria. Read on for our betting tips, the latest odds and best sign-up offers.

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Republic of Ireland v Austria

The Republic of Ireland are level on points with Serbia at the top of Group D as they bid to qualify for their first World Cup since 2002. Austria are only fourth, level with Wales in third, in what looks the most competitive of the groups. With Serbia also facing off, this’ll be a crucial night in determining who’ll be going to Russia next year. Ireland managed to win 1-0 in Austria and another victory here would put them in a great position with a trip to struggling Georgia up next.

Ireland have an impressive recent record in home qualifiers, winning five of eight unbeaten games since the start of qualification for the Euros. They kept a clean sheet in the last five of these and so look a fair price at 2.40 against an Austria side that’s been somewhat underwhelming, despite having a seemingly strong side on paper. David Alaba’s undoubtedly the standout but it’s hard to have a massive impact on a game from left back or in a defensive midfield role, where he usually plays for the national side.

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Austria have lost half of their last eight competitive games and seven of their last 11 trips to sides above them in the FIFA rankings, as Ireland are (Austria are 35th and Ireland 26th). They were beaten 3-2 by Serbia in their last away game and with just three clean sheets in their last 15 matches, they look vulnerable. We’re siding with Ireland to take a big step towards qualification with a victory here. James McClean’s the form man for the Irish with three goals in their last three qualifiers and he’s certainly worth backing at 4.00 to net anytime.

Serbia v Wales

Serbia haven’t competed in a major tournament since the 2010 World Cup but this looks an excellent chance to return to the big stage as they have a strong looking squad, particularly in defensive areas with the likes of Ivanovic, Kolarov and Matic.

They won’t have to worry about Gareth Bale as he’s suspended but Chris Coleman has been handed a major boost with the availability and return to form of Aaron Ramsey after he netted the winner in the FA Cup final.

Despite that solid-looking defence, Serbia have in fact kept only two clean sheets in their last 10 matches and they look vulnerable favourites at 1.80 here. They’ve conceded at least twice in their last three competitive home games, while they’ve also won only two of their last 13 home matches against teams ranked in the world’s top-50 (Wales are all the way up in 13th after their exploits at the Euros). Serbia kept just two clean sheets across these games, with both teams scoring in five of the last six so there could be plenty of goalmouth action here.

Wales remain unbeaten in this qualification campaign, drawing their last four after they thumped Moldova in their opener. They’ve in fact lost only one of their last eight competitive away games, keeping a clean sheet in half of these as they managed a pair of draws against a strong Belgium side in that time. As a result, we’re backing them to stay unbeaten by siding with them on the double chance.

Betting tips

  1. Republic of Ireland to win at 2.40 (Coral)
  2. James McLean to score anytime at 4.00 (Coral)
  3. Wales or draw double chance at 2.10 (Coral)