Slovenia at Austria
|Date & Time||Friday June 7, 2019, 2:45 PM (EDT)|
Austria -143, Slovenia +425, Over 2.5 (+130), Under (-167)
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Austria is hosting Slovenia in round 3 of Euro Cup qualifications.
Austria has a solid team with players like Arnautovic, Sabitzer, and Grillitsch, but their form has been terrible as of late with only 2 wins in last 7 matches. Austria is yet to win a match in these Euro Cup qualifications in a group G with Poland, Israel, North Macedonia, Slovenia, and Latvia. In their last game against Israel, Austria was a better team offensively with 57% of ball possession, 8 shots on goal, 7 corner kicks, and 82% of correct passes, but their defense was leaking all over and Austria lost 4-2. Austria’s best player in these qualifications is Marko Arnautovic who score their only 2 goals and is expected to lead this team once again in this very important game. Austria is ranked as 36th national team in FIFA standings and this is the place where they belong with the game style and quality they have. David Alaba is one of the best Austrian players of all time and is one of the best players in Bayern Munich but was not called up to Austria squad because of injurie which will certainly impact Austrian game. Coach Franco Foda was signed back in February of 2017., and his contract is set to expire in December of this year. Austrian soccer association is apparently satisfied with his work and the direction Austrian national team is going and are preparing a new contract for coach Foda who is expected to stay at the helm of Austrian squad.
Slovenia is a decent team led by one of the best goalkeepers in the world, Jan Oblak and one of the best offensive midfielders in Serie A, Josip Ilicic. Their form is a different story, with only 1 win in last 3 games and with 5 straight 1-1 draws, Slovenia’s chances of qualifying for Euro Cup are rapidly decreasing. In their last game against North Macedonia, Slovenia was a better team with 59% of ball possession, 5 shots on goal and 82% of correct passes, but wasn’t able to score a goal and got away with only 1 point in front of their own fans. Slovenia has scored 2 goals and conceded 2 goals in the first 2 games of these qualifications and with Poland being favorite of these group, Slovenia will fight with slightly better Israel and Austria for second place. Coach Kek was signed in November of 2018 and it will take some time for him and players to get used to each other but he is a great coach who has done some amazing things in his coaching career and it’s only a matter of time before Slovenia turns things around.
The only game played between Austria and Slovenia was played over a year ago and Austria won 3-0 so there are no trends to look at. I think that Austria has a slightly better team and are in better form, and I think that Slovenia will turn things around soon, I don’t think it will happen in this match.