The Dragons were thrashed 6-1 in the reverse fixture one year ago, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to struggle to gain revenge without the injured Gareth Bale on TuesdayRevenge will be the order of the day when Wales welcome Serbia to the Cardiff City Stadium on Tuesday, having been humiliated 6-1 in last year’s reverse fixture in Novi Sad.
Chris Coleman’s men saw their slim World Cup qualification hopes extinguished after a 2-1 defeat in Macedonia on Friday but are available at 2/1 (3.00) with William Hill to bounce back with a pride-salvaging victory this evening.
The White Eagles were similarly put out of their misery in Group A after drawing at home to historic rivals Croatia but are favourites at 7/5 (2.40) to pick up their first away win of a fruitless campaign.
Sinisa Mihajlovic’s men played out a goalless draw with Scotland on their last fixture on British soil, and you can get odds of 11/5 (3.20) on these sides cancelling each other out tonight.
Defeat in Macedonia had an air of inevitability about it after it emerged that Gareth Bale was not fit enough to make the 11, and the world’s most expensive player could only watch from the bench as his team-mates’ valiant performance went unrewarded in a frustrating loss.
They may be in for a struggle once again this evening after Coleman confirmed Bale is still not ready to start, news which only compounds the absence of the suspended Ashley Williams and injured Jonathan Williams.
Having secured a hard-fought draw against their bitter rivals on Friday, Serbia are sure to be more fired up for this encounter, and it is no surprise the visitors are favourites as they seek to secure third place in the group.
Mihajlovic’s men will be confident of dominating a match against a side who struggle to perform for the full 90 minutes at the best of times, and odds of 4/5 (1.80) seem decidedly generous on the guests winning either half, in a bet that would have paid out in all seven of Wales’ qualifiers.
|Serbia to win either half for a 2pt stake at 4/5 (1.80) with William Hill
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