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  • March 25, 2020 10:57 PM EDT

    Ben Davies fancies Wales to reach the 2018 World Cup in Russia if they can maintain their strong start to qualifying against Austria on Thursday, live on Sky Sports 1 HD. Custom Dallas Stars Jerseys . The Tottenham full-back is part of the 23-man squad that will travel to the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in the first of their back-to-back World Cup Qualifiers, with a home tie against Georgia following three days later. Chis Colemans side beat Moldova 4-0 in their opening Group D fixture, and after reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016, Davies is confident they can reach another major tournament in two years time. You always look at starts in groups to give you a good basis from which to kick on for the rest of it, Davies said.Were looking at the next few games as very important. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just ?£6.99. No contract. If we can put ourselves in a good position in this group it definitely gives us a good platform to play confidently and try to get through to the World Cup.This (Austria game) is definitely one of the hardest games.In their (Euro 2016) qualifying campaign they did very well, and they were the second seeds in this group as well. Although Austria went into the European Championships earlier this summer as much-fancied outsiders, the team failed to make it out of their group.  Highlights from Group D as Wales faced Moldova in the European Qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup However, Davies insists his team are not taking anything for granted and believes avoiding defeat could have a big impact on their chances of qualifying. We definitely kept an eye out for them after we knew we were going to play against them in the (World Cup) qualifiers, Davies said.We were surprised they didnt do very well at the Euros, but that doesnt mean so much over the course of three games. Wales star Gareth Bale had a photo taken with a young fan before training ahead of their World Cup Qualifiers Theyre playing at home and its going to be a tough game. But we did so well over the summer that we are hungry for more success.Youve got to have those expectations to push yourself as far as you can go.If we can get something against Austria it will definitely put us in a good place in the group. Getting the advantage early on its always a positive. You can watch Englands tour of Bangladesh, plus Premier League football and the Japan Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy three months at half price! Also See: Bradshaw replaces Church Ramsey missing for Wales Table Live on Sky Fake Stars Jerseys . Second-seeded Sloane Stephens of the United States made lighter work of her day as she beat 2009 champion and Swiss wild card Timea Bacsinszky 6-3, 6-3. Two seeds fell: No. 4 Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium lost to Katarzyna Piter of Poland 6-4, 6-2, and No. Dallas Stars Store . -- Alex Anthopoulos spoke volumes with what he didnt say on right-hander Ervin Santana.CINCINNATI, Ohio -- Different co-ordinators, same systems, same head coach. The Bengals will be slightly different next season as they try to end one of the NFLs longest runs of playoff misery. The Bengals promoted linebackers coach Paul Guenther to defensive co-ordinator on Thursday, keeping continuity for a unit that finished No. 3 in the NFL last season. The move came one day after the Minnesota Vikings hired Mike Zimmer as their head coach. Its also the second time in two weeks that Cincinnati replaced a co-ordinator with an in-house candidate. They elevated running backs coach Hue Jackson to offensive co-ordinator after Jay Gruden was hired by the Redskins as head coach. "Were going to have some new coaches, and its great for us," coach Marvin Lewis said on Thursday. "Some new blood, some new energy. Because we cant be the same. We dont get to be the same. Weve got to be better in 2014 than we were in 13, and thats what our quest is right away." The Bengals won the AFC North this season, but couldnt shake their legacy of flaming out in the playoffs. They lost to San Diego 27-10 in the opening round at Paul Brown Stadium, making it 23 years since they last won a playoff game, tied for the sixth-longest streak in NFL history. Theyve also tied the NFL record by losing their opening game three years in a row. And Lewis is 0-5 in the playoffs during his 11 seasons in Cincinnati, trailing Jim Mora by one for the most consecutive playoff losses to start a coaching career. "I want to still be playing a year from now," said Lewis, who is entering the final year on his contract. The Bengals are the first team since the 2006 San Diego Chargers to lose both co-ordinators to head coaching jobs elsewhere, according to STATS LLC. Zimmer presided over one of the Bengals best stretches of defence during his six seasons in Cincinnati. The Bengals finished in the Top 10 for fewest yards allowed in four of the last five seasons. Guenther has spent nine seasons on Cincinnatis coaching staff, the last two with the linebackers. He worked wiith Zimmer to formulate the defensive plays. Cheap Stars Jerseys. "Since the first day he got here, Ive been by his side most of the time," Guenther said. "If you look back at our defence in 2008, it has transformed to now. Weve sat side-by-side and put a lot of this stuff together." Zimmer wanted to bring Guenther with him to Minnesota as his defensive co-ordinator, but Guenther decided to stay in Cincinnati. "Ive got young kids; I didnt have to move my family," Guenther said. "Ive got good players that I really like and care for. And really at the end of the day, that was probably the one thing that I said: OK, I feel bad for these guys, this guys leaving and that guys leaving (as co-ordinators) and these guys deserve a good situation." The Bengals will be getting a couple of their defensive stars back from injury. Top cornerback Leon Hall tore an Achilles tendon and defensive tackle Gen Atkins tore a knee ligament during the season. The defence has a core of young players led by Pro Bowl linebacker Vontaze Burfict. One of the biggest challenges for Guenther will be calling the plays during games. Zimmer was known for his ability to anticipate what the opposing offence would do and get into a defence that contained it. "Youve got to understand (the opposing offence) better than they understand themselves," Lewis said. "Mike was excellent at that. Going forward, thats going to be the challenge of Paul in this situation in this role. Hes not been that." Guenther sat with the coaches in a booth on game days and was part of the discussions about which defence to call. "There is a lot of communication going on every play: What do you like here? What do you like there? To be honest with you, I could sit up in the press box and probably 95 per cent of the time know what was going to come out of his mouth," Guenther said. "Being around the guy and understanding how he calls the game, certain situations, you know it. Its just a matter of going out there and doing it." ' ' '