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Austria v Northern Ireland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

October 08, 2018

- Grant Whittington

Ernst-Happel-Stadion - Euro Nations League

Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland side head to Austria in the second round of Euro Nations League fixtures for his team.

Past Meetings

Austria won the most recent meeting between these two sides, with a 2-0 home victory in 2005, as part of their 2006 World Cup qualification campaign, with a 3-3 draw in Belfast in the return leg.

Team News

Austria have Premier League representation in their squad with Sebastian Prodl and Marko Arnautovic, alongside Bundesliga stars David Alaba and Marcel Sabitzer.

O'Neill has called up Craig Cathcart, Jonny Evans, Steven Davis, alongside Championship players including Will Grigg, Josh Magennis and Stuart Dallas.

Austria v Northern Ireland Preview and Predictions

Both sides lost to Bosnia and Herzegovina inn their opening Euro Nations League fixtures, leaving the Baltic side strong favourites for promotion and these two in need of a result to avoid relegation.

Neither side qualified for the 2018 World Cup, and their squads are both ageing ahead of the 2020 European Championships, however given their poor start to the Euro Nations League, they both need a reaction.

O'Neill's side have consistently pulled off big results, home and away, when they have needed them in recent years and he will be hoping of another big night in Vienna.

Austria often flatter to deceive, and Northern Ireland should be in a position to get a result, with a draw priced at 3/1 for Thursday night.

Neither side have been banging goals in of late, with a record of four goals in as many games for both sides ahead of this game. With that in mind, an under 2.5 total goals scored bet looks to be a good option, priced at 4/6.

Recommended Bets

A 1-1 draw 13/2

A defeat for either side is a virtual confirmation of relegation into the bottom tier of Group D for the next round of the Euro Nations League, and the players will be well aware of that ahead of kick off. Northern Ireland normally show their best form when the pressure is on and that will stand them well in this tie.

Marko Arnautovic to score anytime at 11/10

The West Ham forward is in excellent for so far this season, scoring four Premier League goals in 2018-19 as The Hammers lead attacker. He is also the highest international scorer in the Austria squad, with 19 goals in 74 appearances for his country.

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