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Gareth Bale looks ready for Wales’ decisive game against Austria


Wales can take another step towards the end of their 64-year wait to reach a World Cup when they host Austria in one of four World Cup qualifiers to be held across Europe.

The various races to make this winter’s finals in Qatar are coming to an end around the world with tough matches in South America and Asia. Scotland will have to wait to find out if they are heading to the World Cup and in the meantime face Poland in a friendly.

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Bets must be placed by 7.45pm Thursday

Portugal beat turkey

Sweden beat Czech Republic

Under 2.5 goals Wales v Austria

Equator or draw double result against Paraguay

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Wales v Austria

Sky Sports main event, 7.45pm Thursday

Wales will be confident of beating Austria given their excellent record in Cardiff, but things may not go their way. Marko Arnautovic is a tantalizing price to open the scoring after bagging nine for Bologna in Serie A this season.

Best bet
Marko Arnautovic first goalscorer

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Scotland v Poland

Sky Sports Football, 7:45 p.m. Thursday

This hastily arranged friendly is likely to be of little interest to a Polish side with a big World Cup playoff tie on the horizon and John McGinn could profit against the distracted visitors by relinquishing his more advanced in the Scottish team.

Best bet
John McGinn will score anytime

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bet of the day

Uruguay beat Peru and under 3.5 goals
Premier Sports 2 11:30 p.m. Thursday

Uruguay can take a giant step towards qualifying for the World Cup by claiming victory over Peru, who are the worst performing team in the top six in the South American table.

Read the rest of Dan Childs’ international football tips here

Card of the day bet

Italy v North Macedonia
Sky Sports Arena, 7:45 p.m. Thursday

Leeds fans will be happy to know that North Macedonia’s Ezgjan Alioski hasn’t changed his antagonistic attitude and looks set to get into hot water against Italy. Now playing for Al Ahli Saudi in Saudi Arabia, Alioski has been booked nine times in his home league this season, while he was also carded in North Macedonia’s last game against Romania.

Best bet
Ezgjan Alioski to book

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Statistics of the day

Sweden v Czech Republic
Sky Sports Red Button, 7:45 p.m. Thursday

Sweden have won their last nine home matches, keeping their sheets clean in six of those victories.

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