Austria vs Sweden Betting Preview – 06/09/2018

Austria vs Sweden Betting Preview – 06/09/2018

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Austria vs Sweden

This Thursday Austria will host travelling side Sweden in an international friendly ahead of their first games in the UEFA Nations League at the Viola Park Stadium in Vienna. Either team will want to enter the Nations League off the back of wins in their previous games so expect to see a competitive match between two teams. that have played each other a total of 35 times. Austria have the bragging rights at present with 17 wins compared to Sweden’s 12.

Austria will hope for a more positive run in the Nations League as they failed to qualify for the World Cup in Russia earlier this year, after coming fourth in their group which they would have expected to have done a lot better in. Austria’s last game came back in June in a friendly against Brazil, who had no problem in utting three goals past Franco Foda’s side. Foda’s side failed to get a real hold of the ball in the game with Brazil dominating the possession as expected, leaving Austria with very limited chances.

Since the appointment of Franco Foda in October 2017, Austria have played seven games in which they have won six and lost just one. Their one loss came in the aforementioned game against Brazil and they have impressively beat the likes of Germany, Serbia and Uruguay, which shows a lot of promise. In the ten games leading up to Marcel Koller’s dismissal, his side had won just two games. This will be Austria’s last preparation game ahead of the Nations League so expect to see them put out a strong team ahead of a tournament they will look to take seriously.

Foda has spent a lot of time watching Burnley striker Ashley Barnes play in the Premier League, after seeing him score nine Premier League goals last season for the Clarets. Barnes qualifies for selection through his grandmother and it is understood that he will accept the call-up when it comes. Barnes played once for Austria at under-20 level in 2008 but is yet to feature for the senior side as of yet, but his impressive form in the Premier League means he appears set for senior international recognition.

Austria’s top goalscorer and current highest capped player, Marko Arnautovic, is fit and will feature for Austria in their friendly on Thursday. Also, David Alaba will be present in the squad for Austria, who is just seven goals behind Arnautovic’s leading total having been used predominantly as a midfielder for the national side.

Unlike their opponents, Sweden enjoyed a decent run in the World Cup this year, making it through to the quarter-finals where they faced England, but two headed goals from Harry Maguire and Dele Alli saw them exit the tournament. Making it to the quarterfinals was the furthest they’ve been in the World Cup since their record run back in 1958, where they were runners-up failing to beat Brazil in the final.

This friendly against Austria will be Sweden’s first game since their World Cup defeat to England and they will be looking to carry their strong performances they showed in the tournament into the friendly and then onto the Nations League. There is real optimism about what this Sweden team can achieve moving forward, with there being a real unity and togetherness about the camp at present. Manager Janne Andersson guided his team to Russia through a qualifying group that featured France and Netherlands, whilst also beating Italy in the play-offs.

Sweden have failed to win any of their last four friendlies played, including losses that have come against sides Chile and Romania. They will hope for a better performance come Thursday as they will want to enter the Nations League opening match on high. Following the retirement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic in 2016, there was a real fear that Sweden would lack a prolific goalscorer. In 116 appearances, Zlatan scored 62 goals for his country and the next highest scorer in the Sweden side right now is Marcus Berg, who sits on 18 goals.

Once second fiddle to Ibrahimovic, Berg has stepped up and excelled since the LA Galaxy forward retired from international duty, finishing top scorer in UEFA World Cup qualifying Group A with eight goals and if he can provide the same clinical finishing throughout the Nations League Sweden could surprise a few.  That said, he failed to score during the World Cup and the team were somewhat reliable on penalties and set-pieces in Russia for their source of goals.

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