Austria to pile further woe on Russia

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Austria may not be heading to the 2018 World Cup but they can show the tournament what it is missing when they welcome hosts Russia to Innsbruck tonight.

Austria 5/4 to beat Russia

Das Team missed out on a place at this summer’s finals after falling to come through a decent qualification group which also included Serbia, Republic of Ireland and Wales but are undoubtedly a talented bunch.

David Alaba and Marko Arnautovic are two of those in Franco Foda’s squad and the 52-year-old is looking to build some momentum after taking charge in January.

Although they will not be at full pace as they look towards their summer break, Austria are facing a Russia team with the pressure on ahead of their home tournament.

The Sbornaya have not won a game since last October and were thoroughly outclassed by both Brazil and France in March.

Stanislav Cherchesov’s defensive set-up is unlikely to bring too much joy at Tivoli Stadion Tirol and I’m backing the hosts to win.

Monfils 5/1 to win 3-1

Tennis is our second bet and the ever unpredictable Gael Monfils will have too much for Martin Klizan.

Monfils is always worth a watch and his lack of form should not be an issue.

Klizan qualified well and looked sharp as he made it past Laslo Dere in four sets and, although I think he will take a set off the former world number six who always seems to have a lull in matches, the Slovak is unlikely to gain much more.

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