Austria vs. Ireland: Date, Time, TV Info and Preview

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistSeptember 10, 2013

DUBLIN, IRELAND - JUNE 07:  Robbie Keane of the Republic of Ireland celebrates after scoring during the FIFA 2014 World Cup Qualifier between Republic of Ireland and the Faroe Islands at the Aviva Stadium on June 7, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)
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Two teams in desperate need of a win will face off as Austria takes on Ireland in UEFA World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

Germany has a clear advantage as the first-place team in Group C, but there is a serious fight for second place. Sweden is currently in the spot with 14 points, but Austria and Ireland are only three points back with 11.

A draw would keep both sides in contention, but a loss would likely end any chance of getting a bid to the World Cup in Brazil.

This puts both teams in a desperate situation, which is certain to make this an exciting match to watch.


When: Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 2:45 p.m. ET; 7:45 p.m. BST

Where: Ernst Happel Stadium, Vienna, Austria

Watch: ORF (Austria); RTE2 (Ireland)

Odds: Austria (19-20); Ireland (3-1); Draw (12-5)


Top Storyline: Which Team Can Rebound from Recent Loss?

Neither squad should be proud of its previous performance. Ireland missed a golden opportunity when it lost at home to Sweden. Austria had little chance at competing against Germany and lost 3-0.

The key in this match will be which squad is able to forget about the loss from four days earlier and come through with a big performance in this one.

Ireland had a lot of positives to take from its loss to Sweden, but it struggled to take advantage of opportunities by the net. This would be easier to correct that Austria's issues, which featured little excitement in a losing effort.


Prediction: Ireland 1, Austria 1

Ireland had a lot of shots in its previous match, but could only get one goal due to inefficient play around the net. Robbie Keane scored, but he needs to be even better as the veteran on the attack.

On the other hand, youngster David Alaba will try to continue carrying this Austrian team on both ends of the pitch. It will be easier to score than it was against Germany, but this squad is unlikely to put too many balls into the back of the net.

These two evenly matched teams will be afraid to make a mistake, so a draw is the most likely scenario in this contest.


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