Turkey vs Austria preview

March 27, 2011
By: Frank Beresford

Turkey will be looking to end the poor run of results when they host Austria, knowing that a victory would take them to the second place in the group.

Guus Hiddink’s side started the Euro 2012 qualifiers brightly, having beaten Kazakhstan and Belgium in their opening games, but away defeats to Germany and Azerbaijan saw them slip down the group A standings.

The Turks now have a great chance to return to the second place as they play host to tired Austria and Turkey are 1.67 (2/3) to win the game at Victor Chandler.

Guus Hiddink will be without captain Emre Belezoglu and back-up keeper Onur Kivrak, but the good news is that Arda Turan returns to the side after the lengthy injury lay-off.

Austria remained in second place despite weekend’s defeat to Belgium, but Dietmar Constantini’s side are bound to start slipping down the standings as they are yet to face sides like Germany and Turkey.

Austria could have taken something from the Belgium game as they didn’t play all that bad, but they were punished for some cheap defensive mistakes and will now have to try and make amends in Turkey.

Boss Constantini is unlikely to make big changes to the starting line-up as he doesn’t have too many options to choose from, although he will revert to more defensive approach.

Turkey and Austria squads for this game can be seen here. Turkey vs Austria live stream can be watched at Bet365. Check this page for the full Live Stream schedule of the Euro 2012 qualifiers.

Update: Franz Schiemer, Marc Janko and Zlatko Junuzovic have been ruled out with injuries.

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