Coleman: We can bridge the gap

12 June 2017 03:55:03 EST

Chris Coleman has no doubt that Wales will qualify for the 2018 World Cup following their gritty 1-1 draw against Serbia in Belgrade.

Wales are four points behind Serbia and the Republic of Ireland in Group D with four matches remaining and can be backed at 6/4 to qualify for Russia.

Aaron Ramsey gave Wales the lead from the penalty spot only for Newcastle United striker Aleksandar Mitrovic to equalise in the 73rd minute as Coleman's team drew for the fifth time in their qualifying campaign.

An upbeat Coleman, who guided the side to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 12 months ago, said afterwards: "I know people look at our four points with four to play, can we bridge that gap? 100 per cent we can bridge that gap.

"We are looking forward to the challenges left in this campaign."

Wales' next qualifier is at home to Austria, who drew with Republic of Ireland on Sunday, on 2nd September, followed by a trip to Moldova three days later.

"I think realistically if we want to finish first, [we need] four wins," Coleman added.

"If we want to take our chance in a play-off it's at least three wins and a draw. Mathematically, that's probably what we need.

"But Serbia have to go to Ireland and they have to go to Austria, they can't all take three points. The group is still very much in the balance.

"We're still chasing, four points, but let's see what happens."

Meanwhile, Scotland are 7/2 to qualify for the 2018 World Cup and Republic of Ireland are available at 11/8.

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