Match date: 06 Oct 2017
| Sport: Football
| Competition: International Football
| Stake: 9/10
| Pick: 2
| Match result:
3-2 - Lost
Austria are without chances to qualify for World Cup in Russia, they are nine points behind leaders Serbia and five behind second placed Wales, in 9th round are welcoming leaders and main candidates for winning direct placement on World Cup Serbia. Austria have nothing to play for except for the fans and pride so i doubt that Serbia will have an easy task to beat them. Hosts are decent team which simple failed to find the right form during these qualifiers, in last four rounds they got three draws and suffered one defeat against Wales, most recently they divided points with Georgia at home but now will be very difficult.
Hosts disappointed, they scored only ten goals in 8 matches while conceded same number, they achieved only two victories over Moldova and Georgia and just can't be satisfied with that, in their previous meeting with Serbia in Belgrade one year ago they were defeated with one goal margin, that was their third defeat in last three encounters against guests and it will be difficult to avoid another one, however it won't be difficult for Austria to play this game since now have nothing to loose and that's their advantage but to defeat Serbia which showed some quiet good skills must play really good football.
In last 14 matches hosts celebrated only two times and i believe that tells us enough about their form, however they aren't side which can be underestimated and i'm sure that guests are well aware of that, i expect some very open game here and couple of goals.
After really bad qualifications for European Championship Serbia made some changes, new coach Muslin arrived and things started much better, now two rounds before the end are at top of the table in group D with four points more than second placed Wales and in case of victory here over Austria they would secure direct placement on World Cup, in last two rounds they need only one victory, they can afford one defeat but they want to get the job done here and should be able to defeat Austria but off course must play on very high level.
Serbia did a really good job in these qualifications, they missed last World Cup in Brazil and now have great despite to win ticket for Russia, with 17 goal scored are most effective team in their group while are without single defeat in previous 8 rounds, in last 18 months they suffered only two defeats and they were in friendly duels where played with combined teams, now are favorites and for sure have enough quality to achieve victory and finish the job.
Serbia are coming to this game after narrow victory over Ireland away from home after very difficult match, before that celebrated over Moldova without much problems and now need another one, they have great desire for victory and i'm quiet sure that can repeat result from Belgrade and win this match.
Austria won't travel to Russia, they will play last to rounds without competitive motive but in this last game in front of their fans aren't without chances, Serbia needs this victory and are favorites but Austria are decent team and only Ireland defeated them at home, now i'm sure that this will be a difficult game for both teams but victory of Serbia seems like most possible outcome.