Preview: Austria vs. Faroe Islands - prediction, team news, lineups
Austria play host to the Faroe Islands on Sunday evening as they look to extend their unbeaten start to Group F.
Franco Foda's side opened their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-2 draw in Scotland, while the visitors earned a share of the spoils against Moldova.However, despite twice taking the lead against the Tartan Army, the visitors had to make do with a point against one of their rivals for qualification.
Despite being left frustrated by his side's defensive efforts, Foda knows that have the perfect opportunity to make amends ahead of their showdown with Denmark next week.
Sasa Kalajdzic scored his first two international goals on Thursday night, suggesting that he could be the ideal replacement for Marko Arnautovic in the long term.
From the perspective of the Faroe Islands, they travel to Vienna having suffered just one defeat in their last six encounters.
While the level of opponent has been far lower than that of Austria, Hakan Ericson will be delighted with how this group of players are progressing under his guidance.
In each of their last three outings, Faroe Islands have come from behind to claim draws away at Latvia, Malta and Moldova.
However, in fixtures in Norway, Sweden and Denmark since November 2019, they have conceded a total of 11 goals without troubling the scoresheet.Having made just one change during the draw with Scotland, Foda will almost certainly bring some fesh faces into his Austria starting lineup.
Alessandro Schopf, Marcel Sabitzer and Michael Gregoritsch are all in contention to feature in the team, while Andreas Ulmer may feature at left-back if Alaba is rested.
The versatility of the players who could come into the team may lead to Foda switching from the 4-4-2 system which was used versus Scotland.
Heini Vatnsdal is in line to feature for the Faroe Islands after Odmar Faero sustained an injury against Moldova.
After coming off the substitutes' bench to score his team's equaliser, Meinhard Olsen could be recalled on the left flank.
Austria possible starting lineup:
Schlager; Lainer, Dragovic, Lienhart, Ulmer; Schopf, Grillitsch, Ilsanker, Schlager; Sabitzer; Gregoritsch
Faroe Islands possible starting lineup:
Nielsen; Rolantsson, Vatnsdal, Nattestad, Davidsen; S.Vatnhamar, Hansson, G.Vatnhamar, M.Olsen; K.Olsen; Edmundsson