Austria vs Serbia
World Cup Qualifiers – Europe (Group D)
Date: Friday, 6th October 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Ernst Happel Stadion (Vienna).
Serbia are in a good position to automatically qualify for the World Cup. They sit on top of the group with a 4 point cushion over second placed Wales. This also means that they must win one of the remaining two matches.
The month of September has been good for the Serbians as they finished their round of games with back-to-back wins. First up was Georgia, which were easy pickings. But the narrow 1-0 win against Ireland proved to be the turning point in placing them in a comfortable position.
Serbia and Wales are the only unbeaten sides in the group. They won 5 and drew 3 of their 8 games so far. The away form is quite impressive as the four games produced 3 wins and a draw.
On the other hand, Austria’s world cup qualification hopes are literally over after a disappointing round of games in September. The team lost to Wales and drew an easy home games against Georgia. They have 9 points in the bag, which is 5 short of Wales in the second and 4 behind the third placed Ireland.
Form-wise, Austria struggled against strong teams in the group. Their two wins came against Moldova and Georgia. Even the home record is quite disappointing with only 1 win coming from their four games so far.
Austria vs Serbia: Head-to-head
Serbia had won in all the three previous World Cup qualification fixtures against Austria, including the reverse leg of the current fixture that ended in a thrilling 3-2 win.
Their lone visit to Austria was in November 2008, which saw a 1-3 full-time score-line.
Austria vs Serbia: Prediction
With the pressure off their back, Austria are expected to play with more freedom. While Serbia will be looking to win this game before their final group game against Georgia to avoid any extra burden of pressure.
The scenario clearly set the stage for a highly competitive affair. Arguably, Serbia are the team in form and they are favorites to win this one. But, don’t expect Austria to go down without a real fight.
Correct Score Prediction: 1-2 Serbia win for 9.50 odds.
Austria vs Serbia: Bet Tips
Both teams to Score and Serbia to win for 5.00 odds.