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Preview – Iceland v Austria

Preview – Iceland v Austria

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Iceland and Austria will be going all out for victory on Wednesday with both sides in need of three points to make it out of Group F.

The Austrians were tipped before the start of Euro 2016 as potential ‘dark horses’ to challenge for the Henri Delaunay Trophy having stormed through qualifying, winning nine out of ten matches.

However, Marcel Koller’s men have disappointed and are on the verge of going out at the group stage having taken one point from their first two matches – against Portugal and Hungary.

Das Team were fortunate to secure a goalless draw against Portugal, Cristiano Ronaldo hitting the post from the penalty spot as they passed up several good chances to win the match.

Having survived a Portuguese onslaught in Paris, Austria will hope they can finally click into gear against the smallest nation in Euro 2016.

Iceland secured a hard-earned draw in their opening match with Portugal before coming within minutes of a first-ever win at a major tournament against Hungary last time out, Birkir Saevarsson’s own goal in the 88th minute securing a 1-1 draw for the Magyars.

Despite being in front against Hungary for much of the game, Hannes Halldorsson has perhaps been the key man for Iceland, making move saves than any other goalkeeper in the first two rounds of Euro 2016.

Iceland have also averaged just 28 per cent possession at the European Championship so far and Austria will kick-off as 11/10 favourites to finally get a win on the board given their superior squad.

Iceland are 14/5 to secure the win they need to be assured of a place in the last-16, while the draw, which would not help either nation, is 9/4.

Iceland coaches Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson look set to name the same side that started against Hungary, as long as Aron Gunnarsson overcomes a back injury.

Austria have a few more concerns with playmaker Zlatko Junuzovic expected to miss the game with an ankle injury, while their topscorer in qualifying, Marc Janko, is struggling for fitness.

Aleksandar Dragovic is available though after serving his suspension for his sending off against Hungary.

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