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Euro 2016 Qualifier preview and odds: Montenegro vs. Austria

Published on: 08/10/2015

Euro 2016 Qualifier preview and odds: Montenegro vs. Austria

October 9, 2015 19:45pm – Podgorica City Stadium

Euro 2016 – Group G

Montenegro have not given up hope of qualifying for next summer`s UEFA European Championships but unbeaten Austria could scupper their plans on Friday night.

Montenegro drinking in the Last Chance Saloon

Branko Brnović`s team are fourth in Group G but they trail second-placed Russia by just three points. Sandwiched in between are Sweden who enjoy a slim advantage of just one point over Montenegro.

While their rivals are playing the bottom two teams on Friday night, Montenegro must pit themselves against already-qualified Austria. If the other results go as expected, the Brave Falcons will need to beat the Austrians to keep their Euro 2016 dream alive.

Austria already wearing their party hats

The Austrians have been in imperious form throughout this campaign, having dropped just a single point and conceded just three goals on their way to qualification. However, with a place at next summer`s UEFA extravaganza already booked, the Austrians may be running in a slightly lower gear for this game.

This could be good news for the home side who will be approaching this game like a cup final.

Team news

Marcel Koller may use the last two qualification games to give a run out to some less-experienced squad players. This could be another factor that plays into the hands of the home Coach, who is expected to field a full-strength team for this crucial game.

Recent form (Euro Qualifying)

Montenegro: WWLLD

Austria: WWWWW

Betting odds and tips

In the reverse fixture in Vienna back in October, the home side prevailed by a single Rubin Okotie goal in what was the first ever competitive meeting between the two sides.

Austria are decent on the road and have won their last five away games in this qualifying section. Overall, they are unbeaten in their last nine competitive games and have won the last seven in a row.

However, this game means nothing in the scheme of things to the away side. They can be expected to field an experimental XI and will play with less intensity than the home side. For Montenegro, this game is make or break and that factor could just give them the edge in this clash. You can back the home win at 17/10 with Bet365.

Published on: 08/10/2015

Any odds displayed within this preview were correct at the time of publishing (08/10/2015 14:00:42) but are subject to change.