Top spot in Pool A goes on offer on Saturday night as undefeated Australia and Wales face off. They will fight for the win as the reward awaiting the winner of this clash is to be placed on the opposite side of the draw to the All Blacks in the knockout stage. Read here our AUSTRALIA v WALES match preview with betting tips, predictions, enhanced odds, starting XVs, free bets and no deposit bonuses on the clash!
AUSTRALIA v WALES BETTING PREVIEW Australia and Wales are both level on points at the top of Pool A but the Wallabies have a better points difference as they scored a total of 126 and conceded 29 whilst Wales have scored 105 and conceded 47 so far. They ended England's chances of making the knockout rounds with an impressive 13–33 victory at Twickenham last time out.
Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made three changes to the side. Michael Hooper is suspended so Sean McMahon will start at openside flanker with David Pocock remaining at No. 8. Dean Mumm has been preferred to the lineout prowess of Rob Simmons while Rob Horne's place has been filled by Toulon's Drew Mitchell. Israel Folau and Matt Giteau have overcome ankle and rib injuries respectively and have been named in the starting XV.
Wales have also won all three of their matches so far, including a narrow 25–28 victory over tournament hosts England. They backed that success up with an easy 23–13 win against Fiji last time out and they looked as one of the toughest team in this tournament. Furthermore, the Welsh have the advantage of a few extra days rest.
Coach Warren Gatland has had to cope with a number of setbacks with Rhys Webb, Scott Williams, Leigh Halfpenny, Hallam Amos and Cory Allen all suffering tournament-ending injuries. They will field another new face at full-back in Gareth Anscombe, who was drafted into the squad after that injury rash. Paul James returns from injury to start in the front row alongside hooker Scott Baldwin and prop Samson Lee.Luke Charteris comes into the starting line up to partner Alun Wyn Jones.
Wales enter this fixture on a 10-match losing streak against Australia, a streak that stretches back nearly seven years. All of the last 9 victories for Australia have come within 9 points.
- 2014: Australia won 33-28 in Cardiff
- 2013: Australia won 30-26 in Cardiff
- 2012: Australia won 14-12 in Cardiff
- 2012: Australia won 20-19 in Sydney
- 2012: Australia won 25-23 on the Gold Goast
- 2012: Australia won 27-19 in Brisbane
- 2011: Australia won 24-18 in Cardiff
- 2011: Australia won 21-18 in Auckland
- 2010: Australia won 25-16 in Cardiff
- 2009: Australia won 30-12 in Cardiff
- 2008: Wales won 21-18 in Cardiff
AUSTRALIA v WALES STARTING XVsAustralia: 1. Scott Sio, 2. Stephen Moore (captain), 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Kane Douglas, 5. Dean Mumm, 6. Scott Fardy, 7. Sean McMahon , 8. David Pocock, 9. Will Genia, 10. Bernard Foley, 11. Drew Mitchell, 12. Matt Giteau, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Adam Ashley-Cooper, 15. Israel Folau.
Replacements: 16. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17. James Slipper, 18. Greg Holmes, 19. Rob Simmons , 20. Ben McCalman, 21. Nick Phipps, 22. Matt Toomua, 23. Kurtley Beale
Wales: 1. Paul James, 2. Scott Baldwin, 3. Samson Lee, 4. Luke Charteris, 5. Alun Wyn Jones, 6. Sam Warburton (captain), 7. Justin Tipuric, 8. Taulupe Faletau, 9. Gareth Davies, 10. Dan Biggar, 11. Liam Williams , 12. Jamie Roberts, 13. George North, 14. Alex Cuthbert, 15. Gareth Anscombe.
Replacements: 16. Ken Owens, 17. Aaron Jarvis, 18. Tom Francis, 19. Jake Ball , 20. Ross Moriarty, 21. Lloyd Williams, 22. Rhys Priestland, 23. James Hook
AUSTRALIA v WALES BEST ODDS
|AUSTRALIA|| 6.00 with||Bet £10, win £60.00|
|THE DRAW|| 26.00 with||Bet £10, win £260.00|
|WALES||13.00 with||Bet £10, win £130.00|
AUSTRALIA v WALES PREDICTIONS
- Winner: Australia @ 6.00
- Winning Margin: Australia 1-12 points @ 2.88
- Half-Time/Full Time: Wales/Australia @ 7.00
- Total Tries: Under 4.5 @ 1.80
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