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Preview: Wales vs. Austria

Preview: Wales vs. Austria
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Sports Mole previews Wednesday's friendly clash between Wales and Austria at the Liberty Stadium.

Craig Bellamy will make his return to the international fold when Wales welcome Austria to Swansea on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old missed the first four matches of their World Cup qualifying campaign, but is expected to start in the friendly clash against Austria at the Liberty Stadium.

Wales enter the match having won just one of their last five matches in all competitions, with that victory coming against Scotland in their World Cup qualification clash in October.

Chris Coleman's side were surprisingly beaten at home to Bosnia in their last friendly match in Wales and will be keen to return to form ahead of their qualification matches.

Austria, meanwhile, enter the match having won two of their last five matches in all competitions. They were beaten in their last friendly match, however, as they lost 3-0 to Ivory Coast in November.

Wales are expected to name three forwards, with Gareth Bale and Simon Church joining Bellamy in attack. Meanwhile, Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsey should both start in midfield.

Austria are expected to name their strongest available side, with Stuttgart's Martin Harnik joining Trabzonspor forward Marc Janko in attack.

Recent form:

Wales: LLLWL
Austria: WLDWL

Possible lineups:

Wales: Myhill; Gunter, Williams, Matthews, Davies; Collison, Allen, Ramsey; Bale, Church, Bellamy

Austria: Almer; Pogatetz, Fuchs, Prodl, Garics; Ivanschitz, Kavlak, Alaba, Janscher; Harnik, Janko

Sports Mole says: 2-2

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