Austria gave their qualification hopes a massive boost as they beat Israel on Thursday. That moved them up into the top two with Slovenia taking a surprise hit against North Macedonia. So now it leaves Slovenia needing to get themselves a win in this one to try and jump ahead of Austria in a fantastic group. Read our Slovenia v Austria betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 11th, 2019 at 7:12 p.m.)
Slovenia’s qualification hopes took a massive hit on Thursday as they suffered a 2-1 loss in Skopje against North Macedonia. That was the last thing they needed and they only got their consolation through a 95th-minute penalty kick. So that leaves them trailing second-placed Austria by two points now, so a loss in this one would just kick them out of qualification contention.
Slovenia are W3 D2 L2 in their seven qualification games so far, averaging almost two goals per game, so it’s not been bad from them. A win puts them right back in the mix, while a draw would keep them hanging in there. Slovenia are unbeaten in their last five home games and they did claim a superb 2-0 home win over group leaders Poland earlier in the campaign. They have netted at least two goals in their last two home fixtures.
Austria have won the last two meetings to nil
This will be the fourth meeting between the two nations
Both teams have scored in none of the previous three
Austria are W2 L1 in the head to head
Austria’s 3-1 home success over Israel on Thursday was just what they needed to take a big step towards qualification. Three points in this one and they should be just about there. They are now on a five-match undefeated streak of form in the qualification group (W4 D1) after their slow start of losing both of their first two games, which were against Poland and Israel. The dramatic change has been their defensive output.
Austria have three clean sheets in their last five qualification games, conceding just two goals in that sequence. Austria have a good record going in away qualifiers for the Euro’s, having won six of their last eight such fixtures (D1 L1). Their goal output has been superb as well in such fixtures, having scored at least two goals in six of those eight games in the sequence.
Austria are the better of the two sides, but Slovenia are likely to put up a good fight in this one. This is a high-pressure game and it’s probably worth expecting it to be a low-scoring affair, but the extra quality of Austria should prevail.
12th October 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Group C action brings Austria and Israel together on Thursday. Five of the six teams in the group, including these two, still have a shot at qualification for Euro 2020. Austria starts in third place in the table, two points above Israel. It’s a big game for both. Read our Austria v Israel betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 9th, 2019 at 3:20 p.m.)
Austria trail group leaders Poland by three points and also have Slovenia head of them in the table. So they have some work to do and a W3 D1 L2 record has gotten them this far. Back in March this year Austria lost 4-2 in Israel, despite opening the scoring in the fixture. After failing to get a win in their first two qualifiers, Austria picked it up by winning three of their next four. Their last fixture saw them earn a good away point in Poland.
Austria’s defence has sharpened up with them having earned three clean sheets in their last four qualifiers. They have a good home record behind them in European Championship qualifiers as well. Austria are W6 D1 L1 in their last eight home qualifier matches. Each of the six wins in that sequence were with a clean sheet as well. As a betting trend for Austria v Israel, four of Austria’s last six European Championship home qualifiers they have won by a 1-0 scoreline.
Israel are W2 D1 in their last three European Championship qualifiers against Austria
Austria have won only one of their last six against Israel
Both teams have scored in all but one of the last seven meetings
Austria are W4 D4 L2 in the overall head to head with Israel
Three points would be massive for Israel in this one, while defeat would leave them a mountain too big to climb to reach next summer’s finals. Israel went undefeated in their first three qualifiers, but defeats against Poland and Slovenia combined with a poor draw against Macedonia set them back. A point in the long run probably isn’t going to be enough for Israel, but it would maintain their head to head tie-breaker advantage over the Austrians.
The problem for Israel is their lack of form away from home in European Championship qualifiers. They have only gone W1 D1 L4 in their last six such fixtures. Each of their last four away qualifiers have gone over 2.5 goals as has seven of their last eight, so that could be a big betting trend. The 4-2 win at home that they took over Austria was fantastic, with Eran Zahavi netting a hattrick. They need a very special away night here.
Austria should have the quality at home to collect three points. It doesn’t matter at this point how they come, they just need to get them. Israel are capable of proving themselves a stubborn opponent, but they aren’t great away from home as shown in their group stage thumping in Poland.
9th October 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
North Macedonia are in the qualification picture in this one. They will go into this big fixture on Monday three points outside of the top two in Group G. The top two are playing each other on Monday as well. So this is a big chance for North Macedonia to make up some ground. Austria start a point back of Macedonia. Read our Macedonia v Austria betting tips for more.
North Macedonia 3/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 9th, 2019 at 6:50 p.m.)
Macedonia suffered a loss against Poland in their last fixture, a Euro 2020 meeting on Friday. That is just their second defeat in their last nine games though, having taken a win in six of the games in that sequence. Macedonia are starting the game in third place in Group G, three points behind second-placed Israel. Israel are playing leaders Poland on the same day. Macedonia then are W1 D1 L1 in their three qualifiers so far, their points coming in a 1-0 home win over Slovenia and an away draw against them.
North Macedonia have scored in four of their last five games, but they have taken just one clean sheet in their last seven played. Their home form is worth noting because they had taken a victory in four of their last five home games, although three of those were against weaker opposition in the Nations League than they will be facing in the form of Austria. Macedonia have scored at least two goals in four of their last five home fixtures.
This will be the first competitive meeting between the two teams
Austria have not gotten their Euro 2020 qualification campaign really up and running yet. They suffered back to back defeats in their opening games. The first was at home against Poland and then a pretty big 4-2 away loss in Israel. They did steady the ship a bit with a 1-0 home win over Slovenia on Friday. So that leaves them in fourth place in the table ahead of the next round of action, trailing North Macedonia by one point.
Basically whoever wins this is going to be sitting a lot more favourably in the group, particularly if Israel lose against Poland. Austria are W4 D1 L4 in their last nine games so they are a bit hit and miss to stay the least. In the Nations League they finished sandwiched between Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Ireland, taking a W2 D1 L1 record from those games. Austria went W1 L1 on their travels in the group. They will be a bit concerned about their away form having lost three of their last four on the road, failing to keep a clean sheet in that sequence
The pressure is going to be on Austria for this one, but this is a tricky game for them. Their away form isn’t particularly great and their big defeat in Israel will have hurt them badly. You can see them being relatively happy with avoiding defeat in this one. Draw.
9th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Austria and Poland square up in Euro 2020 qualifying Group G and it is expected that they are the two who are going to take the automatic qualification spots as well. So this game is going to be about who can open up an early advantage. Read our Austria v Poland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 6:26 p.m.)
It has been over a decade since Austria and Poland met. The last time they were together was in the Euro 2008 Championships. They played out a 1-1 draw in the group stage on that occasion. The head-to-head is pretty tight between them with Austria holding a W3 D1 L4 record against Poland. It has been hard to get a read on Austria who have mixed form of W3 D1 L3 in their last seven internationals. But they do have a nice bit of home form going with them having remained undefeated in their last three at home, taking wins over Sweden and Northern Ireland in that sequence.
All but one of Austria’s last six games have gone under 2.5 goals. Austria have not conceded a goal in their last three home fixtures and in the Nations League, they shut out Bosnia and Herzegovina and Northern Ireland. Looking back at the World Cup 2018 qualification campaign, Austria fell surprisingly short in the group where they should have been far more competitive. A good strong start on home soil here well set them nicely on the right path to Euro 2020.
Much like Austria, Poland are in inconsistent form at the moment. They have failed to win any of their last six played, losing three. Their last game was a 1-1 draw against Portugal in the Nations League. It just hasn’t quite been happening for Poland and they have lost a bit of their scoring edge as well. Poland have only scored one goal in their last three games in total which is surprising given the attacking talent of Arkadiusz Milik and Robert Lewandowski.
Poland only collected two points from their four games against Italy and Portugal in last year’s Nations League, drawing both of their away games 1-1. In their World Cup 2018 qualification group Poland comfortably won their section. However, at the tournament itself, there were clear signs that something was not quite right as they limped out after finishing bottom of their group, looking a bit lost in their approach to their games.
So you have two sides here who both need a boost and a bit of a lift in form. Home advantage should be sided with in this one as Austria do have a good bit of current home form going for themselves. This is likely to be tight but Austria to win at 5/4 odds does have appeal* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 6:26 p.m.)
19th March 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting