Wales vs Austria: TV channel, free stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

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Chris Coleman's men are in must-win mode with four points between them and the top two teams in their World Cup qualification group

Wales' hopes of reaching the World Cup finals will be hanging by a thread should they fail to beat Austria on Saturday.

Chris Coleman's men are four points behind Serbia and the Republic of Ireland with four qualifying matches remaining having drawn five of their six games so far.

And with those two sides facing winnable games against Moldova and Georgia respectively this weekend, Wales could find themselves on the verge of elimination if they are not able to collect three points in Cardiff.

Game Wales vs Austria
Date Saturday, September 2
Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET

TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM


Chris Coleman Wales

In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television in English on Sky Sports Football and in Welsh on S4C. It can also be streamed via Sky Go and s4c.cymru.

UK TV channel Online stream
Sky Sports Football / S4C Sky Go / s4c.cymru

In the US, the match will be available to watch live on television in Spanish on ESPN Deportes and by stream in English via ESPN3.

US TV channel Online stream
ESPN Deportes ESPN3

SQUADS & TEAM NEWS


Position Wales players
Goalkeepers Hennessey, Ward, A. Davies
Defenders Gunter, Williams, Collins, B. Davies, Chester, Richards, Lockyer, Ampadu
Midfielders Ledley, Ramsey, Edwards, King, Williams, Evans
Forwards Bale, Vokes, Robson-Kanu, Lawrence, Watkins, Woodburn

Coleman and Wales will be without Neil Taylor and Joe Allen, who are suspended due to yellow-card accumulation.

The ex-Fulham boss may also be concerned about the fitness of Aaron Ramsey and Joe Ledley. Ramsey has been struggling with a calf knock but has trained, while Ledley is a free agent and has not played a competitive game since June.

Two teenagers feature in the squad: Ethan Ampadu, 16, joined Chelsea from Exeter City in July and Ben Woodburn, 17, is one of Liverpool's most highly rated prospects.

Potential starting XI: Hennessey; Gunter, Williams, Chester; Richards, Edwards, Ledley, B. Davies; Ramsey, Robson-Kanu, Bale.

Position Austria players
Goalkeepers Bachmann, Kuster,Lindner
Defenders Bauer, Danso, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Lainer, Prodl, Wober
Midfielders Alaba, Arnautovic, Baumgartlinger, Grillitsch, Harnik, Hierlander, Kainz, Ilsanker, Laimer, Sabitzer, Schaub
Forwards Gregoritsch, Janko

Austria are without Zlatko Junuzovic and Guido Burgstaller, both of whom are injured.

Stefan Hierlander was called up in Burgstaller's place and coach Marcel Koller will be boosted by the return of Marko Arnautovic, who was suspended for their previous qualifier.

Potential starting XI: Lindner; Lainer, Dragovic, Prodl, Hinteregger; Baumgartlinger, Alaba; Schaub, Sabitzer, Arnautovic; Harnik.


BETTING & MATCH ODDS


David Alaba Austria

Wales are 6/5 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Austria priced at 5/2 and the draw available at 9/4.

Gareth Bale is the 3/1 favourite to score first. Click here to view dabblebet's full selection of match markets.


GAME PREVIEW


Gareth Bale Wales

Wales were arguably the most impressive team at Euro 2016; few others can say they surpassed expectations, as Chris Coleman's side did by reaching the semi-finals, while also playing entertaining football.

Coleman hit upon a winning formula by creating a superb team spirit and building a solid foundation behind the talent of Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, who both had outstanding tournaments.

But whereas the likes of Hal Robson-Kanu rose to the occasion in France, during this qualification cycle Wales have been much more reliant on Bale. He has scored four of their nine goals so far; of the other five, two came in the 4-0 rout of Moldova, one was a penalty and another an own goal.

In Wales' five draws, Joe Allen is the only player other than Bale to have scored from open play. He will not be available when Austria visit Cardiff due to suspension.

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The good news for Wales is that all of their remaining fixtures are winnable: after hosting Austria, they take on the two poorest teams in the group in Georgia and Moldova - albeit away from home - before the Republic of Ireland visit the Millennium Stadium in what could be a huge match.

"A draw doesn't do either of us any good so you would imagine something will have to give," Coleman has said of Saturday's fixture, with Austria trailing Wales on goal difference.

The margin between going to the World Cup on the back of an unbeaten qualification campaign and missing out due to a failure to win enough matches could be very slim.

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