Austria vs Germany by Isaiah
Austria did not played on Friday for the World Cup Qualifiers, so their first official game for the qualifiers will be played against the Germans. The presence of Germany to this group does not leave too much possibilities to Austria for direct qualification to the finals of the tournament, but the good performances of Austrians with Marcel Koller as coach so far, allows them to be optimistic and they will fight probably with Sweden and Ireland for the second place.
Austria appears very productive offensively under the guidance of the Marcel Koller and they won during summer all three friendlies against Finland, Ukraine and Turkey. Marc Janko (Trabzonspor) will be their main gun in front line, with Marko Arnautovic (Werder Bremen) as his partner, while Patrick Burger will probably sit on bench. There is lot of quality to their midfield line too, as Andreas Ivanschitz (Mainz) and Martin Harnik (Stuttgart) are in great form and considered as key players for their squad.
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Germany had a game against Faroe Islands where they presented below expectations, although Joachim Low fielded a full offensive eleven with only one defensive center back. Germany showed no concentration in the final attempt and they finally won with the poor score of 3-0 in contrast for their own capabilities. Low stated that they worked a lot to finishing this weekend, and that there is no place for such laxity against the Austrians.
Germany has an excellent head to head record against Austria, counting 6/6 wins home and away to the last ten years, while five of those games finished with more than two goals. The two teams met recently in the qualifying group for Euro, where Germany won 1-2 away and 6-2 at home. Midfielder Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich) and defender Marcel Schmelzer (Borussia Dortmund) are both back to main eleven after resting for the game against Faroe Islands. Miroslav Klose (Lazio) and Mario Gomez (Bayern Munich) will probably be their front line.
In conclusion, improved Austria with Marcel Koller has found some good offensive treads, and they can score against the defense of the Germans, however, Germans have the advantage due to their quality squad. A game where we usually watch a lot of goals, something similar i expect this time too. Go for over 2.5 Goals.
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