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Positive Austria set for Sweden clash

Updated: Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 17:56 | Comments

Austria have been the surprise package in Group C as they currently possess the second-place spot behind Germany
Austria have been the surprise package in Group C as they currently possess the second-place spot behind Germany

Austria coach Marcel Koller has emphasised there is plenty of "positive energy" within his team as they prepare for tomorrow's home World Cup qualifier against Sweden.

Koller's men have played five games in Group C so far, with their last three being 4-0 and 6-0 home victories over Kazakhstan and the Faroe Islands respectively, and then a 2-2 draw in Dublin.

While Germany top the group with 16 points from six matches, Austria are currently second and Sweden - who have played four times - third on eight points apiece. Ireland are fourth in the group, also on eight points, after five matches.

And although Koller has no doubt there is an expectation the Swedes will finish second, he has also stressed that his players are very much in the mood for making the most of the opportunity presented by tomorrow's encounter in Vienna.

"Sweden are ranked much higher in the world than us and are regarded as favourites for second place in the group," Koller said.

"But when chances are offered to us, we want to use them and we want to defeat the Swedes - I can feel the positive energy of my team."

Austria captain Christian Fuchs believes the team are going into the game not just in good spirits themselves, but also backed by national fervour.

"You can feel the euphoria in Austria," Fuchs said.

"We have developed considerably under Marcel Koller (who took charge in 2011).

"Everyone in the team is eager for Friday."

Following tomorrow's clash, Sweden are swiftly back in action, hosting the Faroe Islands, who are currently bottom of the group and yet to register a point, on Tuesday.

It will also be the Faroes' second game in four days, with them taking on Ireland in Dublin tomorrow.

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