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Austria's all-time top-scorer Toni Polster spoke to Russian newspaper Sport-Express ahead of Saturday's clash in Vienna, and told the paper's readers something they did not want to hear by predicting a home win. "Russia are definitely favourites in this group, but we have improved a lot and we hope to win. This would be brilliant as we play Russia, Montenegro and Sweden away next year," said the ex FK Austria Wien and VfL Borussia Mönchengladbach man.

"Russia have great players who understand each other very well, while we are outsiders. But we still can beat anyone at home. I think Austria will prevail 2-1."

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12/11/201411:21Dmitri Rogovitski, Moscow

Austria midfielder David Alaba will require surgery after suffering a partial rupture of the medial collateral ligament in his right knee during FC Bayern München's 2-0 midweek UEFA Champions League defeat of AS Roma. Set to be unavailable for "several weeks", according to a club statement, Alaba said: "This is a bitter blow. The team and me personally have been in good form. Hopefully the doctors will allow me to start rehabilitation as soon as I have had the operation." Austria top European qualifying Group G going into their home game against Russia.

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06/11/201418:52Philip Röber

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