Germany - Austria Betting Preview: Expect familiar faces to test the shaky home defence

Joachim Low's men have proved rather vulnerable at the back in recent matches and our tipster can see the visitors causing their rivals problems when they face off in Munich
Austria travel to Munich to take on geographical rivals Germany on Friday for a top-of-the-table Group C World Cup qualifier.

Marcel Koller's men have surpassed all expectations to occupy second place after six games but are huge 14/1 (15.00) outsiders with BetVictor to inflict their hosts' first defeat in 28 qualifiers.

Die Mannschaft have come out on top in each of their last eight encounters with their more modest neighbours and are overwhelming 1/6 (1.17) favourites to make it nine in a row at the Allianz Arena.

Having drawn both of their away games on the road to Brazil so far, you can get odds of 13/2 (7.50) on the visitors grabbing a share of the spoils in this match.

Although Joachim Low's side seem to have their place at next summer's World Cup almost in the bag, the coach will have been slightly perturbed by some unconvincing performances in recent matches.

The hosts let a four-goal lead slip to draw 4-4 in last October's home qualifier against Sweden and have only kept two clean sheets in their seven games since then.

They most recently slumped to a 4-3 defeat in a friendly against USA before drawing 3-3 against Paraguay and this defensive vulnerability will give the guests real confidence of getting something out of the game.

With 15 goals to their name after six matches, the Austrians are not to be underestimated in attack and odds of 4/5 (1.80) look too good to pass up on both sides hitting the back of the net.

That bet would have paid out in eight of Germany's last 10 games, as well as four of the visitors last five.

One player the hosts will have to be particularly wary of is extremely familiar to locals, having played an important role in Bayern Munich's all-conquering team last season.

Playing in a more advanced role for his country, David Alaba has scored in each of the last four qualifiers and is well worth a pop at a generous price with BetVictor of 7/1 (8.00) to hit the back of the net.

Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 4/5 (1.80) with BetVictor
David Alaba to score anytime for a 1pt stake at 7/1 (8.00) with BetVictor

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