Russia - Austria
pick: 2 +0.5 ah
odds: 1.99 pinnacle
Russia fail to impress for quite some time, I really do not know until when will Capello be given credit for such performances. So far in qualifiers Russia has only 1 win (game against Montenegro was awarded). They allowed shameful draw at home against Moldova and were clearly beaten and dominated by Austria last year.
Austrian football improving rapidly and they are a big force in Europea footballwith players like Juzunovic, Dragovic and Arnautovich. Only big missing is Alaba who didn't play against Russia back in November as well, though. The defense is really a tough nut to track, midfielders help in this aspect as well.Also, visitors can benefit from set pieces as well.
I think Russia should be 2.25+ here, no reason to see them as favourites against a team with strong defensive line who comes on top of such great results.
Russia (4-1-4-1) - Akinfeev - Smolnikov - Ignashevich - Berezutski - Kombarov - Glushakov - Shirokov - Dzagoev - Shatov - Samedov - Kokorin
Austria (4-2-3-1) – Almer - Klein - Dragovic - Hinterberger - Fuchs - Junuzovic - Baumgartlinger - Ilsanker - Arnautovic - Sabitzer - Janko
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