Austria vs Brazil Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

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Tip Reasoning

This is Brazil’s last test before the real business begins in Russia. The priority for them will merely be to get through this game with another win to keep the momentum going and of course to avoid any injuries. An Austrian side that won’t be at the World Cup has less reason to protect themselves and they will be motivated here as they bid to extend a fine run of results in friendly matches.

The likes of David Alaba and Marko Arnautovic would certainly have been fine additions to the World Cup stage but Austria really failed to deliver in qualifying, with a late 3-2 win against Serbia coming far too late to salvage their campaign. It was a real disappointment following on from Euro 2016 qualification, their first major tournament in 8 years.

Over the course of the 2017-18 season though, there have been real signs that Austria are finding some form again. That victory over the Serbs was the start of a seven game winning sequence that they take into this match and they’ve claimed some very notable scalps over that period. The Austrians beat Uruguay in a friendly last November and since appointing Franco Foda as their new boss in January, they have seen off Slovenia, Russia and most recently Germany just last weekend.

That 2-1 win over their neighbours has to serve as a warning to Brazil that this isn’t going to be an easy game. Brazil were impressive in their 2-0 win over Croatia last weekend at Anfield and they’ve been very good over the past two years. Undoubtedly they are a better team than Austria but the mentalities of the two sides could be key here.

Austria have no reason to fear injuries and will be very keen to prove they can cut it against top class opposition. This is essentially one of the biggest games of their season while for Brazil, it’s little more than a training ground exercise and they may look at some tactical aspects ahead of their game with Switzerland next Sunday, which kicks off the World Cup campaign.

The Brazil team largely picks itself so it’s not as though there are lots of places up for grabs and you wonder if they will be able to match the home team’s intensity here. Overall backing in-form Austria +1.0 Asian Handicap could be worth considering in what looks like a tougher test than Brazil were perhaps expecting when they scheduled this fixture.

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