2017 World Cup Qualifiers Betting: A Standout Wager for the Weekend

Wales soccer team

Ed Hawkins

Saturday, June 10, 2017 4:26 PM GMT

Over the next few days, all eyes will be on Russia and it has nothing to do with Donald Trump and his former FBI boss. Instead, the world’s soccer teams will be battling it out to sample the delights of World Cup qualifiers. There will be some lying and cheating, too, if you want the political comparisons to carry on.

Jokes aside, there is one stand out bet which this column urges you to take. It comes in the Serbia versus Wales contest on Sunday. And it is the +271 at Pinnacle that the contest ends in Draw. 

We are pretty sure we have got these sides taped. Adventurous, open, attack-minded, goal-getting. Serbia and Wales are none of these things. And it should give punters great confidence when we know what a team can’t do, as much as they can.

Luckily, we reckon we know what they can do, too, if you will. And that also gives us a warm fuzzy feeling that, yes, good things are about to happen.

These two outfits are organized, disciplined and committed. So it is perfectly reasonable to expect them to cancel each other out, just as they did in the previous meeting in Cardiff in November. Back then Gareth Bale got the Wales goal with Alek Mitrovic, the Newcastle United striker, netting an equalizer in the last five minutes.

Serbia tends to dig in for all they are worth when they come up against sides they reckon could cause them problems. If not, they are more gung-ho. But it would be a surprise if they didn’t knuckle down against the Welsh, even if they are without Bale.

The 0-0 bore draw at the start of the year against the USA was an example when they just sat in, testing their own organizational skills for challenges ahead.

With Bale back home, Wales may well consider venturing over the halfway line pure folly. A point will be fine for their prospects. They have drawn their last four matches and have lost only one of their last 17 World Cup or European qualifiers.

And it is the absence of Bale which is probably the overriding factor. Without him last season, Wales played four games. They won none and lost three. Now, Chris Coleman, the Wales coach, will be well aware of that. So sit tight, don’t do anything silly and when he’s available again make sure we are still of value to him and vice versa.

Indeed, Injuries to Welsh forwards add to the feeling of a ‘negative’ show. Hal Robson-Kanu is injured, as is Ben Woodburn, the Liverpool starlet. Expect them to play one up top and do the minimum for your betting picks.

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