In the second round of World Cup qualifiers, Chris Coleman’s Wales face Austria on Thursday evening. The two sides currently sit joint top of Group D on three points, with Wales only leading based on their superior goal difference after putting four past a struggling Moldova side.
The ever-impressive Gareth Bale scored two second half goals after Sam Vokes and Joe Allen had put Wales 2-0 up by half time.
Austria, however, also notched up a victory, winning 2-1 against Georgia with goals from Basel striker, Marc Janko, and centre back, Martin Hinteregger. The win was a welcome change from a poor Euro 2016 that saw them eliminated from the competition at the group stage with just one draw from their three games.
Wales, however, are looking to keep up the momentum after a remarkable summer in which they reached the semi-finals of the Euros and subsequently moved up to 10th in FIFA’s world rankings.
Wales will be happy to hear the experienced Austrian striker, Martin Harnik, picked up a calf injury playing for Hannover and won’t be available for selection. The striker has 61 caps for the national side and has netted 14 goals.
Chris Coleman will still be without Aaron Ramsey who is nursing a hamstring injury he picked up against Liverpool in Arsenal’s Premier League opener back in August. The injury marks another fairly lengthy spell on the sidelines for Ramsey, whose injury torment continues.
Both sides will be keen to add a second victory to their names, with Austria looking to make the most of their home advantage in Vienna come Thursday evening.