Euro 2016 Group G Betting: Austrian dark horses worth backing to see off Russia and Sweden

Although underdogs to finish top, Al Hain-Cole is backing Marcel Koller's in-form team before they welcome a beatable Russian side to Vienna in their next qualifier
Despite leading Group G by two points after three games, Austria remain 5/1 (6.00) outsiders with bet365 to finish top of the pile.

After earning seven points from the first available nine, Marcel Koller’s men can take a major step towards qualification for their first tournament since Euro 2008 when they welcome group favourites Russia to Vienna on Saturday.

Fabio Capello’s side have drawn against both Sweden and Moldova in their last two fixtures but are still the 10/11 (1.91) front runners to top their third consecutive qualification group.

However, Das Team are the form side as they head into Saturday’s clash unbeaten in seven and should feel quietly confident of securing a result against a visiting team that have beaten only Luxembourg in their last nine away from home.

Considering Northern Ireland came out on top against the Sbornaya in the last World Cup qualifiers, Koller’s men are more than capable of putting themselves in the Group G driving seat with victory of their own.

Should the Austrians succeed in taking all three points then those 5/1 (6.00) odds will start to look very generous on them clinging on to pole position for the remainder of the campaign, more than making up for missing out on the World Cup play-offs to Sweden on the final round of qualifiers.

Coincidentally, the Swedes have again been drawn against Austria this time out and are on offer at 7/4 (2.75) to grab top spot after taking five points from the opening three games, putting them in joint second place.

Nevertheless six defeats and only four wins in the last 12 matches suggests that Erik Hamren has his work cut out to justify those fairly short odds as he guides his side through a transitional period with a number of aging stars - including the ever more injury prone Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Beyond that trio, Montenegro are considerable 20/1 (21.00) outsiders, while Moldova 5000/1 (5001.00) and Liechtenstein 10,000/1 (10,001.00) are realistically contesting a face-off for the wooden spoon.

Austria to win Group G at 5/1 (6.00) for a 1pt stake with bet365

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Al Hain-Cole is a Liverpool fan, experienced tipster and avid follower of European football. He specialises in accumulators and if you would like to read more from Al you can follow him on Twitter here.