Wales v Australia – Preview, Prediction, TV Listings, Betting Odds – Friendly – 10 August 2011
Australia travel to Europe to play Wales in a friendly match before beginning 2014 World Cup qualifying in the AFC region. The match will take place at the Cardiff City Stadium in Cardiff, Wales on Wednesday, August 10, 2011. Kickoff is scheduled for 19:45 BST (UK time), 20:45 CET (Central Europe), and 14:45 EST (USA Eastern).
Wales v Australia TV Listings
It will be televised on Sky Sports 4 (UK), Fox Sports (Australia), and on Al Jazeera Sport (Middle East).
Wales v Australia Preview
Wales manager Gary Speed
“Gareth (Bale) has looked good in training this week.”
“Hopefully he can play a part [on Wednesday]. Gareth had a great season last season and hopefully for Spurs and Wales he can kick on again this season.”
“He’s (Craig Bellamy) feeling as good as he’s ever felt, he’s had a good pre-season up at Man City and he’s played a few games.”
“He’s raring to go and he’s the old Craig Bellamy again; he’s been in your ear and he’s moaning here and he’s moaning there!
“That’s a good sign knowing him, that’s a good sign he’s really up for it so I’m sure he’s looking forward to the game.”
“They [Australia] are a good team, they are on the fringes of the top 20 in the world, they are strong.”
“They beat Germany recently but they are the teams we want to play against as we feel it will enhance our development.
“Playing sides like Australia will make sure we are ready for when those qualifiers come around.”
Wales player Robert Earnshaw
“It’s not embarrassing or anything like that because the rankings are fake at times. They don’t tell the truth.
“They are sometimes on a piece of paper but when you look at the squad, you can see we’re nowhere near that level.
“We’re better than that and the rankings are an exaggeration of what’s happened over the last four or five years in terms of results.
“It’s not something that’s been mentioned by the manager because it’s not in our thinking about how we move forward and get better as a team.
“We’re focused on what’s ahead of us and we’re not paying any attention to rankings.”
Wales v Australia Prediction
Wales v Australia Betting Odds
Wales win – 2/1
Draw – 23/10
Australia win – 11/8