Iceland vs Austria Preview: Our Boys and Das Team fight for knockouts berth

Match preview of Tuesday afternoon's final Euro 2016 Group F game between Iceland and Austria in Saint-Denis

Iceland vs Austria Preview: Our Boys and Das Team fight for knockouts berth
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With Groups A, B, C and D at Euro 2016 having concluded, Tuesday sees the turn of Group F to be decided, as Iceland and Austria vie for a place in the last 16 in their final group game at Stade de France in Saint-Denis.

Following draws for the two sides last time out, both Das Team and Our Boys have their destiny in their own hands, as they meet in the northern suburbs of the French capital.

Win will send either side through

For Austria, it is do-or-die. Marcel Koller's men have been playing catch-up since an opening game defeat to Hungary. Despite earning a just a point versus Portugal at Parc des Princes last Saturday, the celebrations of the travelling army of Austrian support suggested that they felt progression was within their grasp.

Cristiano Ronaldo capped a nightmare showing versus Austria with a missed penalty (photo:getty)
Cristiano Ronaldo capped a nightmare showing versus Austria with a missed penalty (photo:getty)

Earning three points versus the unbeaten Icelanders however will be no mean feat. Equally for Lars Lagerback's side, with two points on the board, a win could yet see them top the group. A draw may still see a knockout berth, albeit with a less favourable tie. 

Koller's men yet to score 

Following a goalless defeat to The Mighty Magyars, striker Marc Janko was replaced by a rotating duo of midfielders Martin Harnik and Marcel Sabitzer, for the draw with Portuguesa Seleçao.

With another nil to their name - and with the knowledge that Austria must score to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16 - Koller has a dilemma on his hands.

Iceland have been a tough nut to crack in thus far in the tournament through the defensive pairing of Kári Arnason and Ragnar Sigurdsson and the Austrian coach must find the right formula, to avoid his charges returning across The Alps with their tails tucked firmly between their legs.

Austria need star men to step up

David Alaba was widely tipped to be a star attraction of this summer's championships, but the Bayern Munich man has struggled to make an impact thus far. 

After another outing of frustration, Alaba was substituted just after the hour mark. If Das Team are to extend their pilgrimage across France, they will need there big names to finally emerge from the shadows.

David Alaba was once again a passenger during Austria's draw versus The Portuguese (photo:getty)
David Alaba was once again a passenger during Austria's draw versus The Portuguese (photo:getty)

Iceland will look to Gylfi Sigurdsson in midfield to drive them towards group progression in their first major footballing tournament. The Swansea City talisman's penalty was cancelled out by a late Birkir Saevarsson own-goal against the Hungarians at the weekend.

Team News

Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson is expected to be passed fit, despite a groin problem.

Marcel Koller may recall Aleksandar Dragovic for Austria, despite understudy Sebastian Prödl keeping a clean sheet and impressing versus Portugal.

Zlatko Junuzovic is again a major doubt after being substituted during the Hungary game.