Russia travel to Austria to meet the group leaders in an attempt to shake off some of the shame after recent results. After the World Cup which the Russians will like to forget in the New Year, they started the EURO qualifications with dreams of topping the group only to meet resistance. Austria continues to impress with their form and style of play which sees the hosts being unbeaten in 2014, and the last game they lost was back in October 2013 against Sweden.
Russia started the campaign with a 4-0 win over Lichtenstein, only to meet real resistance against Sweden and Moldova. This trip to Vienna is the last fixture of the year for a rather boring side led by Capello, who tries to change the formation, yet his team remain as unimpressive as ever. Should they lose in Vienna, Capello might find himself on his way out.
Marcel Koller makes a great job at the helm of Austria, which is why experts still lament his team’s lack of luck in qualifying for the World Cup. Austria’s main absence for the last qualification game of the year is Bayern Munich’s David Alaba, who sustained a cruciate ligament injury during a Champions League game. Koller has called Veli Kavlak from Besiktas, and his counterpart, Fabio Capello has received good news that sees Roman Shirokov back from injury.
Austria’s main goalscorers are Alaba, Janko and Okotie, while for Russia Dzyuba, Kokorin and Kombarov scored so far. Janko and Okotie both have 3.40 odds with William Hill to score anytime, while Kokorin got 3.50 in the same betting market. A draw, at 3.00 odds would suit Austria, but Russia will try and most likely fail to retaliate. A Russia win has 2.50 odds, Austria 2.78 and the headline offers are Okotie to score and Austria to win with 7.00 odds and Dzyuba to score and Russia to win with 6.00 odds. We are taking a risk and choosing a rather interesting drawcast market of Dzyuba to score and the match to end in a draw with 13.00 odds.
Austria: Team’s Formation
Russia: Team’s Formation
End prediction for the match:
Dzyuba to score and the match to end in a draw