Austria and North Macedonia kick off their Euro 2020 tournament campaigns on Sunday, June 13. The Austrians will fancy their chances of getting through Group C as either winners or second-place finishers. Not a lot is expected of North Macedonia. The team have the least amount of talent, on paper, in the group and are expected to end the group stage at the bottom of the table.

North Macedonia are ranked 62 in the world according to FIFA going into the tournament. They are on a very good run of form and are unbeaten in five straight games in all competitions. They defeated Liechtenstein 5-0 before shocking Germany 2-1 in World Cup qualifying. North Macedonia went unbeaten in their pre-tournament friendlies claiming a 1-1 draw versus Slovenia and a 4-0 win over Kazakhstan.

Austria are ranked No. 23 in the world going into Group C play. Manager Franco Foda’s team are in poor form and are winless in three straight matches. A 4-0 loss to Denmark in World Cup qualifying was followed by a 1-0 loss in a friendly versus England. Their most recent pre-tournament warm-up match versus Slovakia finished in a nil-nil draw.

Foda will wonder where all the goals have gone. Austria need to quickly find the goals against North Macedonia if they want to progress to the next round of the tournament.

Austria vs North Macedonia Betting Odds

 

Austria and North Macedonia are in Euro 2020 Group C alongside the Netherlands and Ukraine. It is the Netherlands that are expected to finish first in the group. Ukraine, Austria, and North Macedonia are believed to fight for second place in the group. A win for Austria or Macedonia on matchday 1 in the group could set them up nicely to progress to the knockout stage. The Netherlands have a difficult match versus Ukraine. A slip up could allow Austria or North Macedonia to get a leg up on the competition.

Austria are a defensive side. Foda led the team to a runner-up finish behind Poland in Euro 2020 qualifying. They finished one place above fellow Group C opponent North Macedonia. The two nations have met twice only in their histories. The matches were played in 2019 with Austria winning by 4-1 and 2-1 scorelines.

Das Team are at odds of 7/10 to finish as winners on the first matchday of Group C play. Austria have never won a match in their six previous games at the European Championships. They stand a great chance of getting wins and progressing to the knockout stage against the likes of the Netherlands, Ukraine, and North Macedonia. There isn’t really a clear standout team in the group. The Netherlands are considered favourites by name only.

North Macedonia are at odds of 11/2 to cause an upset on Sunday. They have not defeated Austria previously and will aim to end their two-match losing streak versus Das Team. Austria and North Macedonia are at odds of 13/5 to finish in a draw.

Austria vs North Macedonia Team News

Austria have a good squad with players mostly coming from the German and Austrian Bundesliga. The team are anchored by defender David Alaba who signed for Real Madrid in May after his Bayern Munich contract came to a finish. The 28-year-old is versatile and could play in the midfield if needed. Unfortunately, Alaba has rarely transferred is club football form over to the international stage.

The RB Leipzig midfield duo of Marcel Sabitzer and Konrad Laimer could partner in the centre of the park. Sabitzer is on the radar for several teams and is likely to be sold by RB Leipzig this summer before his contract ends next summer. He is a goal threat for Das Team. Striker Marko Arnautovic will be counted on in the final third to trouble opposing teams.

North Macedonia recorded four wins and two draws from 10 qualifying matches. They played in the Euro 2020 playoffs with a victory over Georgia. If teams in the group get off to a slow start, North Macedonia could surprise a few onlookers. Their win over Germany in World Cup qualifying was not a fluke.

Austria are dipping with three matches without a win and have never won at the Euros. Meanwhile, North Macedonia are in form with five matches unbeaten in all competitions. Leeds United midfielder Ezgjan Alioski is the side’s key man, but it could be veteran Genoa striker Goran Pandev that the team count on.

Austria vs North Macedonia Prediction

Both teams to score: YES @ 13/10 - BET NOW

 

Both Austria and North Macedonia have an incredible opportunity to get a Euro 2020 win and start the tournament on the right foot. Austria are not in form and have conceded goals in four of their last five matches. They are struggling to score goals and that is the biggest issue Foda has ahead of the game. Three of North Macedonia’s last five matches ended with both teams scoring.

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Sabitzer is wanted by Tottenham Hotspur and a big tournament could see the English side pay big money to RB Leipzig for the midfielder. A solid performance for Sabitzer could see him signed by another side. Sabitzer scored nine goals and tallied seven assists in 39 matches in all competitions for RB Leipzig in 2020-21. The midfielder has tallied eight goals in 50 matches for Austria.

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Three of Austria’s last five matches in all competitions ended with more than 2.5 goals scored. Four of North Macedonia’s last five matches finished with over 2.5 goals scored. The teams could score goals on Sunday in a very competitive game.

Group C is a competitive group and could be one in which three teams emerge for the knockout stage. North Macedonia should not be slept on by viewers. Austria are in poor form and the game on Sunday could end in a score draw between the sides.