Austria vs Republic of Ireland preview: What time does it start, what channel is it on, predicted teams, where can I watch it?

A look ahead to the 2018 World Cup qualifying fixture at the Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna

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It’s a big game for…

Robbie Brady: The versatile Irishman has been in good form for Ireland in recent fixtures, scoring goals against both Italy and France at Euro 2016. The 24-year-old, who plays his club football for Norwich City, tends to be used in the centre of midfield for his country and will be looking to add to the seven international goals he has scored in his career to date.

Best stat…

The Republic of Ireland have won just two of the 14 matches between these two teams, with the last of those victories coming in 1963. However the away team are in better form coming into this match, having won four of their past six games.

Remember when…

Bayern Munich and Austria midfielder David Alaba scored a late winner in the previous match between the two countries to effectively end the Republic’s hopes of reaching the 2014 World Cup. Italian manager Giovanni Trapattoni left Ireland by mutual consent following this devastating defeat after five years in charge.

Player to watch…

Marko Arnautovic: The Stoke City striker had a fantastic season for his club last year, reaching double figures in league goals for the first time in his career. He now tends to play from the left wing and will be a key player for the home side, having scored both goals in Austria’s recent 2-2 draw with Wales.

Past three meetings…

Austria 1 (Alaba) Republic of Ireland 0, World Cup Qualification, September 2013

Republic of Ireland 2 (Walters 2) Austria 2 (Harnik, Alaba), World Cup Qualification, March 2013

Austria 3 (Stoger 3) Republic of Ireland 1 (McGrath), Euro 1996 Qualification, September 1995

Form guide…

AUSTRIA: LDLWDL

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: WLWDWW

Vital information…

KICK-OFF TIME: 5pm, Saturday 12 November

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1

Odds…

AUSTRIA TO WIN: 19/20

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND TO WIN: 3/1

DRAW: 12/5

(Odds provided by SkyBet)

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