Odds and Game Preview for Austria vs. Sweden - World Cup Qualifying - Group C - June 7th, 2013

Austria vs. Sweden - Matchup and Country FlagsAustria meet Sweden in a World Cup qualifying match in Group C on Friday, June 7th, 2013 at Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna.

Group C is a tight group. Germany are at the top of the tables, miles ahead of Austria, Sweden and Ireland who are fighting for 2nd place. Kazakhstan and Faroe Islands are at the bottom.

Country that finishes first in each group qualifies directly to the World Cup in Brazil, while nations that finish 2nd get to battle for their spot in the play-off round.

At the moment Group C looks like this:

Germany - 6 games played - 16 points
Austria - 5 games played - 8 points
Sweden - 4 games played - 8 points
Ireland - 5 games played - 8 points
Kazakhstan - 6 games played - 1 point
Faroe Islands - 4 games played - 0 points

The match between Austria and Sweden is a big one.

Austria are in good form so far in the tournament with wins over Kazakhstan and Faroe Islands, draws against Kazakhstan (away) and Republic of Ireland, and a home loss to Germany. Next four matches will show if Austria are deserving of a chance to play at the football's biggest stage as they will battle Sweden twice, Germany and Ireland.

Sweden started well in Group C with wins over Kazakhstan and Faroe Islands, after which came draws vs. Germany and Republic of Ireland. The 4-4 draw against Germany will stay tattooed in the memories of many as Swedes performed a miraculous comeback after going down 4-0. Sweden played couple of friendlies recently; they tied Slovakia 0-0 in Bratislava and beat Macedonia 1-0 at home.

The odds for the upcoming match between Austria and Sweden are as follows:

Austria: 6/4
Draw: 23/10
Sweden: 9/5

Austria are the slight favourites to win in front of their home crowd in Vienna. A $100 bet placed on the home team returns $150 in profit, if successful, while the same bet on Sweden could return $180.

The most likely outcome, according to the odds, is a 1-1 tie offered at 5/1. Minimal victory for the hosts is offered at 15/2, while the 0-1 result is offered at 8/1.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has the best odds of getting on the score-sheet at 6/5 (bet $100 to profit $120), while Philipp Hosiner is the favourite to score for Austria at 13/8 (bet $100 to profit $162).

A lot is riding on the upcoming match in Vienna and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.