Austria vs Ireland Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification
Austria are unbeaten in their last ten competitive matches on home soil and will therefore present Ireland with some stiff opposition. Austria need the maximum points on offer in this World Cup 2018 qualifying fixture to just pull level with Ireland, who start the next round of matches in second place. So this is a huge game between these two and although Ireland have gone unbeaten so far over their three games, they have struggled badly for results out in Austria in recent visits there and have scored just the one goal in their last four visits there. With that in mind, a point wouldn’t be a bad result for the men in green on Saturday.
Austria vs Ireland Odds
Austria Even Money, Draw 12/5, Ireland 11/4
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Austria vs Ireland Betting Tips
So Ireland need to come out and find a positive result and that could be in holding out for a draw. That wouldn’t be a bad return. The Irish go into the game three points clear of the Austriansin the standings and maintaining that would be a decent result. It keeps Austria off their backs. Ireland haven’t looked particularly convincing yet in the group, but the fact that they have gone unbeaten says something about them. They got away with a lucky 2-2 draw in their opener against Serbia and were pretty dreadful in their 1-0 home win over Georgia. But a positive 3-1 away win in Moldova kept them in a strong position and this really should be their last difficult game out on the road having been to Serbia already. So Ireland will probably be happy to just avoid defeat in this one and they have a positive W4 D1 L1 record posted in their last six games.
But the big question mark here is that form of Ireland in Austria. It’s pretty bad. They have suffered a defeat in each of their last six visits there and they have managed to net just the one goal in those four games. So it’s not a place where they have had very good fortunes lately and they have actually failed to beat Australia in the last eight meetings with them. Both Austria and Ireland have scored six goals in qualification so far, but Ireland have conceded three whereas Austria have shipped six. For the Irish, striker Adam Rooney is an 8/2 price with Jon Walters at 15/4 in the anytime goalscorer market. Their top scorer in the group is James McClean with two and he is a 9/2 price to add to his brace against Moldova last time out. So while they don’t have winning form, can they go and bag what could be a precious point?
Austria have gone W1 D1 L1 so far in their three World Cup 2018 qualification matches. Their only other home game in the group so far saw them play host to Wales in a thrilling 2-2 draw. Twice the Austrians were behind in that one and twice they fought back. There was a similar pattern as well in their following match, a 3-2 loss out in Serbia, where they were behind twice but twice fought back, but the Syrians put a crucial third goal on the board that Austria couldn’t respond to. But it shows that they are vulnerable at the back and they have conceded an average of two goals per game so far in the group. Over 2.5 goals on Austria v Ireland betting for a price of 5/4 at Sky Bet looks value. Both teams to hit the back of the net in the game is an even money quote to have a crack at and there is a trends, as both teams have scored in three of the last four meetings.
Austria then have winning form at home against Ireland, three of their last four being to nil against the men in green. So Austria to win to nil in this latest coming together will fetch you a price of 2/1. There is some quality up front from Austria as has been shown already through Marko Arnautovic and Marc Janko who have both netted two goals in their three qualifiers so far. Janko is a price of 7/5 for this one to net while Arnautovic is a little longer at an 11/5 price. So Austria do carry an attacking threat but it is at the back where they are struggling. They have collected just the one clean sheet in their last eleven internationals now and that will keep the Irish in the game probably. But can Ireland go there, defy their poor road and take full advantage of Austria’s weaknesses at the back? Austria are unbeaten in their last ten international home games.
This may be a tight game and it’s worth looking at the draw in the match outright. Austria have home form against Ireland but their defence has been letting them down. Ireland are by no means a prolific side at all, but they can work and scrap their way to a good point in this one. Worth looking for both teams to score in the night and a 1-1 correct score looks to be around the right mark for this one.