Austria vs Moldova
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Europe, Group D.
Date: Friday, 24th March 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Austria dominated their respective group in the EC Qualification, but they are off to a horrendous start of the new WC Qualification campaign winning no more than four points in four matches.
The Swiss manager Marcelo Koller thus has the imperative of taking three points against Moldova to keep the team in the contest for the top two positions.
Austria lost back-to-back matches to Serbia and Republic of Ireland and they are desperate to get back to the winning ways this Friday.
Koller can be happy with the fact that one of his best players Marko Arnautovic has been enjoying a decent shape in his Stoke City.
The Austrian winger completed a brace in the home win over Middlesbrough two weeks ago and we can expect him to bring the good form to the national team and score anytime against Moldova.
The visitors obviously don’t have any chances for making it to Russia 2018. They did, however, managed to take a point in the visit to Georgia in the previous round by playing a 1-1 draw.
The Russian manager Igor Dobrovolskiy faced hue troubles with the defense which has been so easy to break down against the top teams in the group.
Moldova allowed as many as ten goals in three games with Wales, Serbia and Republic of Ireland.
Austria vs Moldova: Head-to-head
Austria won three out of four head to head meetings with Moldova, but they never scored more than two goals which is kind of interesting to note.
We believe that this is about to change because the hosts will be super motivated to claim much-needed victory, while the visitors have been horrendous at the back at the start of the campaign.
Austria vs Moldova: Prediction
Home win should not be questioned at all, just as the 1/5 odds offered by the bookmakers suggest.
We expect a pleasant evening for the hosts and we can easily see them bagging three goals against the struggling defensive line of Moldova.
Austria vs Moldova: Bet Tips
The first bet will be Austria -1.5 handicap at the odds of 7/10 with Unibet.
Banking on the goal-scoring prowess of the home team, an alternate option can be found in backing Austria to score at least three times here – Over 2.5 team goals at 5/4.