EURO 2016 Qualifiers Preview: Group G

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Updated: November 13, 2014
Sweden- Euro 2016

Match Date: 15 November 2014 (local time)

 

Austria vs. Russia

Austria currently leads the pack with seven (7) points under its belt and the pressure to continue its dominance never ceases. Its 2-point lead against Russia is way too manageable to even give them the right to be complacent.

 

Certainly, it is hard to categorize Russia as a push-over squad. But this doesn’t mean that the latter will easily get the best out of Austria too. After incurring a stalemate against Sweden, Austria was almost unbeatable, garnering wins against Moldova and Montenegro.

 

Russia, which is also the football betting favorite of the match, had an impressive start when it slapped Liechtenstein with a 4-0 win, but two (2) consecutive stalemates halted its winning run. Such scenario readily shifts the burden of snatching a win to Fabio Capello and his men considering the fact that they will be playing outside their territory.

 

Nevertheless, the Russians could take advantage of David Alaba’s injury. The Bayern Munich midfielder underwent a surgery after damaging his cruciate ligaments during the Champions League clash against AS Roma.

 

Prediction: 2-1

 

Moldova vs. Liechtenstein

Only a miracle can salvage Moldova and Liechtenstein’s stint in the competition. Both squads occupy the rock bottom part of the group. Their only chance of qualifying for the next stage barely depends on the result of their upcoming clash. Instead, this is decided by the outcome of the other teams’ encounters.

 

The first meeting of the two ended in a scoreless stalemate and it is more likely that another draw will decide their match.

 

Prediction: 1-1

 

Montenegro vs. Sweden

Montenegro’s past performances weren’t really that stellar, but these were enough to give them a reason to continue their European dream.

 

The squad has lost, won and drew  its previous encounters. These gave them four (4) points, which, technically speaking, makes their possibility of advancing very high. But it won’t be easy since Sweden, their upcoming opponent is known for its strength.

 

Speaking of Sweden, the squad remains as favorite. Yet, it is unsure if its team captain, Zlatan Ibrahimovic could join them in the pitch. He already played for Paris Saint Germain (PSG) during the celebrated Le Clasique, but he was substituted early.

 

Prediction: 1-2

 

 

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