Date: September 8, 2014
Venue: Ernst-Happel Stadion, Wien, Austria
Kick-off time: 19:45 hours BST
The Group G match of the Euro 2016 qualification will be played between Austria and Sweden. Both teams have been on a fine form recently and will be looking to get maximum point from the draw.
This fixture is of particular importance as both the teams have a good chance of qualification and will be helpful in coming out as group winners.
Austria’s form: W-W-D-D-W
Austria have been doing well, coming in the qualifiers with no losses in the past five games. Coach Marcel Koller has developed a young Austrian side with many playing in the top leagues of Europe.
Their home form has been good and last time they met Sweden, they came out as winners. Having the first qualifying game at home will give them advantage.
Sweden’s form: W-L-L-L-W
Sweden’s last friendly game against Estonia saw them defeat the minnows comprehensively (Result: Won 2-0). Swede superstar, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on fire as he continued his explosive club form on the international scene.
Apart from him the Sweden side is filled with excellent midfielders in Kim Källström and Sebastian Larsson. Sweden’s big game temperament has always been questioned and more so Ibrahimovic’s attitude. Maybe time to prove the critics wrong.
Austria: Andreas Weismann
The Aston Villa attacker has been a bright light in his club’s Premier League campaign so far. His movement and pace is excellent.
Koller will be looking to get the best out of him against Sweden and looks to be a mainstay for a long time in the national setup.
Sweden: Zlatan Ibrahimovic
The PSG striker has been in the form of his life. Against Estonia, he broke the long standing Swedish record for the most international goals by scoring a brace.
The striker had to suffer the pain of missing out on the World Cup 2014 bus by a small margin, not now!
A tough fixture indeed and also, one of the first qualifying games which could push the teams into being a tad cautious for this one. Back less than 2.5 goals to be scored in this one 1.61 at bet365 with Sweden to edge out their opponents too at odds of 3.2.