Much could depend on the situation within Group F and other groups going into this match with the possibility that, depending on both teams earlier results (particularly against Hungary one would suggest), a draw might prove convenient to both teams’ hopes of further progress in the competition.
In three previous meetings there’s been a solitary victory for Austria and a couple of draws. The only recent meeting was a 1-1 friendly draw in Innsbruck in May 2014. Even in the two years since that encounter, both of these teams have since made excellent progress. It’s doubtful either team would have anticipated their respective Euro 2016 qualifying campaigns being quite as successful as they were.
Both these teams are well organised and the players from both teams will be well drilled in their individual roles. Austria’s Swiss coach Marcel Koller tends to stay loyal to the players that have served him well to date and there would appear to be total trust in him from the squad as a result.
Swansea City’s Gylfi Sigurdsson is Iceland’s star player, but the emphasis is on team work in the squad of joint coaches Lars Lagerback and Heimir Hallgrimsson and Sigurdsson does a lot of defensive work for the national team too. What Iceland also have now is far greater strength in depth than was ever the case previously.
The pre-tournament Iceland v Austria betting odds are relatively meaningless, as it’s simply impossible to know who will require what going into the game this far out. As a result, it will also pay to hold off from using any Iceland v Austria free bets until it’s known what each team need on the day.