Austria v Russia Betting Preview, Tips & Odds | 28th May
In our Austria v Russia betting preview we look at team news, potential line-ups, stats & facts, head-to-head, popular bets and more for Wednesday evening’s International friendly.
Austria v Russia Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
Date: Wednesday 30th May 2018
Venue: Tivoli Stadion Tirol
Franco Foda will be aiming to maintain his faultless start as Austria boss on Wednesday evening.
The ex-Sturm Graz gaffer has opened his International managerial career with an impressive three wins from three, most recently including a four goal thrashing of lowly Luxembourg at the end of March.
Previous triumphs on home soil against World Cup bound Uruguay and an always competitive Slovenia outfit have enhanced Austria’s impressive recent form of five consecutive victories, whilst also lengthening their unbeaten home streak to seven without defeat, a run stretching back to November 2016.
Regardless of their failure to qualify for next month’s FIFA World Cup, we can expect Foda to ensure his side are fully focused coming into this one, with both Watford’s Sebastian Prödl and Rapid Wien ace Louis Schaub emphasising the importance of Wednesday’s fixture in the build-up.
Despite a disappointing World Cup Qualifying campaign, largely due to their inconsistent away form, Austria occupy a respectable 26th in the latest FIFA World Rankings, forty places above their Russian counterparts. Taking these rankings into consideration, Austria have only lost once in their last seven International friendlies against nations who are currently placed lower, winning on four occasions and drawing twice. When comparing this to Russia’s dreadful recent record against nations ranked in the current top thirty, having failed to win in any of their last thirteen, this initially suggests that opposing the away side may be the way to go on Wednesday.
Having guaranteed qualification through the hosting of this year’s event, Russia more than most are in need of competitive action. However, after Leonid Slutsky left the National Team in June 2016, new boss Stanislav Cherchesov has endured a testing time.
Including a slender one goal defeat to Wednesday’s opponents, Russia have won just one of their last six away fixtures against nations who are currently placed higher in the FIFA World Rankings, drawing on three occasions and losing twice. Combine this with the fact that they have only won one in eight since last year’s Confederations Cup, it is evident that Cherchesov’s side desperately require momentum leading up to their World Cup opener on June 14th.
Given Austria’s impressive form, evident focus, and historical record versus lower ranking sides, it is difficult to see this fixture being the one which rejuvenates an out-of-form Russian team. However, with Russia drawing half of the aforementioned games versus higher ranked sides, it may be sensible to take the draw out of the equation here, so backing the equivalent of Austria Draw No Bet (0 Asian Handicap) at best priced 13/19 could potentially be an angle to consider.
Premier League inclusions in Austria’s squad comprise of: Sebastian Prödl, Aleksandar Dragovic, Kevin Wimmer, and Marko Arnautovic. Bayern Munich’s David Alaba also makes the 27-man squad.
Artem Dzyuba has recovered from a viral infection and could potentially feature for Russia. 38-year old veteran Sergei Ignashevich replaces the injured Ruslan Kambolov in the squad.
Potential Austria Starting XI: Lidner, Bauer, Prödl, Hinteregger, Lainer, Baumgartlinger, Schopf, Alaba, Arnautovic, Burgstaller, Grillitsch.
Potential Russia Starting XI: Akinfeev, Granat, Neudstadter, Kudryashov, Samedov, Erokhin, Golovin, Zobnin, Zhirkov, Smolov, Miranchuk.
Head To Head
- Austria wins: 2
- Draws: 1
- Russia wins: 0
Stats & Facts
- Austria have failed to keep a clean sheet in 4 out of their last 5 home fixtures.
- Russia have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 8 International fixtures.
- Over 2.5 Goals has landed in 5 of Russia’s last 8 Internationals.
- Austria 27/20
- Draw 9/4
- Russia 12/5
- Austria To Win @ 27/20 with Ladbrokes.
- Austria 0 Asian Handicap @ 13/19 with 188Bet.