I'm not going to lie to you, I had to look up all of the possible permutations in Group F before writing this article and there's so many different outcomes in this group its crazy. Any of the 4 teams can qualify in the top 2 places at least depending on how results go. That basically to me says that all of these teams will be going out with the same objective - win. You can look after the game what it means if you draw or whatever but as long as you go out and win your game, the odds are that you will qualify and that's exactly how Iceland and Austria will be viewing this game.
Iceland come into this game on the back of 2 draws, which had very different reactions and attitudes attached to them. The first game against Portugal was seen as a brilliant point gained by using excellent tactics and taking their chance when it was presented to them. The draw against Hungary was definitely seen as a point dropped, especially after conceding so late. If they could have just hung on then they'd probably be safely through to the knockout phase. As it turned out it now rides on this game and the way Austria have been playing its not completely out of the question but there is a sense that everybody is just waiting for Austria to click and they could blow someone away, Iceland will be hoping that they aren't that someone.
The Austrians have had an awful tournament, getting easily beaten by a frankly average Hungary team in the first game and following it up with a very lucky point against Portugal. Cristiano Ronaldo must have had a bet on the Austrians as he let them off the hook so many times, even missing a penalty during the course of the game. Austria need to improve or they're going home; it's as simple as that. A win here could get them 2nd or 3rd place depending on how the other game goes and then they could regroup and try and give it another go.
I know Austria have been awful and I have been very critical of them but I can see them pulling it out of the bag and scraping through to the knockout phase. Iceland are not a great football team and although Lars Lagerback has them well drilled and defending in numbers, Austria should be able to take a long, hard look at themselves and get through this game.
I do expect Austria to win this game but if they revert to type then Iceland could send them packing in embarrassing fashion. This is an outside punt and would bring in quite a bit of money if it came off so it is worth throwing a couple of quid on just because of how poor Austria have been.
Like I said earlier, I expect Austria to win this game but if they do it won't be by playing free flowing football and banging in loads of goals, this team is massively under pressure at the moment and will snap your hand off for a 1-0 win. If they do go 1-0 up then the temptation to sit on the lead and defend it may prove too alluring.
I can see this game being 0-0 at half time and Austria feeling even more nervous, neither team will want to throw this away early on and should stay tight however, once the second half starts both teams need a win and that should show in their play. Both teams will open up more and it could become an end to end contest with, in my opinion, Austria squeezing through.
This guy is probably the biggest superstar on the pitch and his country certainly needs him to step up if they're going to stay in the competition. He knows how to win games and has the determination and desire to win and this should help him during this game. Don't be surprised if Alaba pops up with an absolute worldy or at least plays his part in an Austria winner.
There have been quite a high number of penalties awarded in Euro 2016 so far and I partly place this at the feet of the referees of the Continent. I've always been of the opinion that they don't want football to be a contact sport and this competition has gone some way to proving it. Both of these teams have been involved in games with penalties, with Sigurdsson scoring one for Iceland in the last game and Ronaldo missing one against Austria. Don't be surprised to see one here and it could send one team home.