Serbia vs Wales betting preview
Wales began their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-0 home defeat against a strong Belgian side. However, despite the defeat there is still a strong feeling of optimism surrounding Chris Coleman’s Wales. Coleman has inherited a Wales side who under the late Gary Speed were beginning to play some terrific football. Their exploits led to Wales rising 65 places in the world rankings in 2011, after a strong end to their Euro 2012 qualification group. Even in the game against Belgium there were signs of promise from Wales, who matched the Belgians for the first 25 minutes, before a rash tackle saw experienced defender James Collins sent off for a professional foul. From then on Wales were on the back foot, but did not give up and though not often, did manage to create some chances, with Gareth Bale inevitably involved in all of Wales best passages of play. Worryingly though, since Chris Coleman became manager, Wales have yet to score and with a limited range of attacking options at Coleman’s disposal there is a huge amount of pressure on Gareth Bale to get the goals Wales so desperately need. The match against Serbia will be a difficult game for Wales, but if Bale is on form he could be the key to a Welsh victory, with best odds of 15/2 from BetVictor.
Serbia also made an underwhelming start to their qualification campaign, with a dull 0-0 draw against Scotland. Yet with only one home defeat in the three qualifying campaigns they have contested since their split from Montenegro, Serbia go into the game as strong favourites to take maximum points, with best odds supplied by Pinnacle at 1/2. Although, while the line up against Scotland did include several experienced players at international level, five of the Serbian team who started the match had a maximum age of 21, each having six or less international caps. Furthermore, Serbia, like Wales, are struggling to score goals, managing only three in six games this year. The lack of striking options from both sides may have a significant affect on the game and after one 0-0 draw already against a British side, there is reason to suspect that the match against Wales could turn out very similar. The best odds of a goalless encounter coming at 9/1 from Ladbrokes, with Boylesports offering 10/3 for the match to end in a draw.
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