Georgia VS Austria Match Prediction
History is going to be made in this match whatever happens, as it is the first time Georgia and Austria have ever gone head-to-head in a competitive international fixture. Being on new ground when they visit the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena in Tbilisi is one of the biggest challenges that the Austrians will face if they are to get their World Cup qualifying campaign off to a good start.
Georgia are a largely unknown quantity despite their shock 1-0 defeat of Spain in the build-up to Euro 2016. Austria were widely tipped as one of the dark horses for that tournament but they proved to be a massive flop and they have to justify that status in this qualifying campaign. A close game looks to be on the cards and there are not expected to be a lot of chances made - or goals.
A price of 17/5 on Georgia to win suggests the bookmakers have not been won over by that famous 1-0 win over Spain, while Austria have been made favourites at around the evens mark even though they have to travel. The odds of 12/5 on the draw look to be decent value here.
With a close match almost guaranteed, under 2.5 goals to be scored in Tbilisi for this match appeals at a price of 11/18, while it may even be worth taking on the 15/8 on under 1.5 goals.
Georgia's win over Spain in a June international friendly remains fresh in the memory and a lot of their players will have taken plenty of confidence out of that match. While there are no household names in the squad available to coach Vladimír Weiss, who used to lead Slovakia, being able to record a clean sheet against then-European champions Spain is a sign of their resilience.
Defenders:- Lobzhanidze, Kverkvelia, Amisulashvili, Navalovski
Midfielders:- Kashia, Aburjania, Dvalishvili, Jighauri, Okriashvili
Austria were one of the most disappointing teams at Euro 2016 this summer and they will have to be a lot better if they hold out hopes of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup, which is held in Russia. David Alaba was particularly poor at this summer's finals and he will have to be much better in this game as Austria need his leadership and quality on the ball.
The lack of a goalscorer in the squad looks to be the biggest weakness, while Robert Almer memorably saved a Cristiano Ronaldo penalty at Euro 2016.
Defenders:- Wimmer, Prodl, Dragovic, Fuchs
Midfielders:- Alaba, Baumgartlinger, Schopf
Forwards:- Arnautovic, Janko, Harnik