With England, Northern Ireland and Scotland having already gone through their World Cup qualifying action on Friday, Ireland takes to the stage on Saturday evening as they try and land what could be an important win out in Austria.
The Irish have a horrible run of form going out in Austria and they have lost their last four visits here, having scored just the one goal in that sequence as well. They have failed to beat Austria at the last eight times of asking home and away as well. So not an easy game for the Irish, but three points would be huge.
Ireland hold a three point advantage over Austria in the group, so extending that out to a six point gap with a win would leave them in a very strong position in Group D. Even a point wouldn’t be a bad result at the end of the day. But Austria are a good home side having gone unbeaten in their last ten home matches and they have averaged two goals per game in qualification, just like the Irish have done so far. However, Austria’s defence isn’t reliable at all as they have claimed one clean sheet in their last eleven games.
So can Ireland grind out what could be a hugely important three points on the road to Russia 2018? They go as underdogs for the match because of their recent form in Austria and because the Austrians are a decent home side.
England put a solid 3-0 win on the board against Scotland at Wembley in their Friday night clash in World Cup 2018 qualification. It was far from being a vintage performance and if Scotland had brought their shooting boots, things could have been very different. But the win keeps England tracking along at the top of Group F and they are still yet to concede a goal in qualifying. We have to wait until March next year now for them to pick up against when they face Lithuania.
But interim boss Gareth Southgate gets one more crack of the whip before the FA decides whether to keep him as a boss or look elsewhere. England take on Spain on Tuesday in an international friendly and if he lands a win there, it would probably seal the deal for him to stay on as permanent manager. For both Ireland’s game against Austria in the World Cup qualifiers on Saturday and for England’s match up with Spain, Paddy Power have a promotion running.
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