Austria claimed a massive 3-1 win versus North Macedonia on matchday 1 of Group C. Now, the Austrians are top of the group and battle the Netherlands on Thursday in Amsterdam at the Johan Cruyff Arena. The Netherlands were victorious against Ukraine but had to fight for their 3-2 win. The Dutch’s defence allowed Ukraine to come back twice in the match to equalise. Denzel Dumfries scored in the 85th minute to give the Netherlands the win, however.

The Netherlands and Austria have met 18 times in their histories. The Dutch lead the head-to-head series versus Austria with eight wins, four draws and six losses. The last time these teams met was in 2016. The Netherlands won the fixture 2-0 and are on a six-match winning streak versus the Austrians.

The Netherlands are on a five-match unbeaten run with their last two international games ending in wins. Both matches saw the Dutch score three goals. If there is a worry for Frank De Boer, and there is a big one, it is the defence. They have kept weak teams out of goal, but have conceded goals to stronger opposition.

Manager Franco Foda will expect the Austrians to continue their good form in the European Championship. The team left it a bit late against North Macedonia with the final two goals coming in the final 12 minutes. Although the Netherlands are favourites to win Group C, Austria have the opportunity to upset the applecart on Thursday.

Netherlands vs Austria Betting Odds

 

The Netherlands are heavy favourites to win versus Austria despite their defensive issues. Leading sportsbooks have the Dutch at odds of 3/5 to win the match and claim sole possession of first place in Group C. Despite the Dutch and Austria winning their opening day matches, a slip up here opens the door for North Macedonia and Ukraine to come back and qualify as either group winners, second-place finishers, or potential third-place qualifiers.

A draw does not hurt either side on Thursday. Of course, it will help Ukraine and/or Macedonia. The Netherlands and Austria are at odds of 10/3 to draw at full-time in Amsterdam. The Dutch will play on home soil which could be the ultimate aspect that leads them to a win. The home crowd certainly helped on matchday 1 of Group C. The Netherlands got the late goal to claim the victory. However, they sit second in Group C due to goal difference.

Austria are at odds of 21/4 to win against the Netherlands according to leading sportsbooks. The Austrians have not defeated the Netherlands since 1990 in an international friendly. As it stands going into the game, Austria are at odds of 1/33 to qualify for the knockout stage. However, they are at long odds of 10/3 to win Group C.

Netherlands vs Austria Team News

The Netherlands were wide open versus Ukraine. It is fun to watch for neutrals but surely Dutch fans were freaking out watching the game. All five goals against Ukraine came in the second half as the Netherlands dominated the play on paper. They kept 62% possession and completed 660 passes. De Boer’s team are likely to once again dominate possession. Still, they conceded seven shots with five on target against Ukraine.

De Boer and Foda should play their strongest teams available. The Dutch coach is likely to be without Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt once again. He is struggling with an injury. De Boer had late withdrawals from the club as Valencia goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen and Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek suffered late injuries prior to the Euro 2020 tournament.

Foda has no new injury issues and came through the 3-1 win over North Macedonia unscathed in terms of fitness. The Austria squad produced a fine performance versus North Macedonia. New Real Madrid defender David Alaba will once again be a key player in defence and anchor the team.

Foda has an excellent squad mostly made up of players in the Austrian and German Bundesliga. RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer and Wolfsburg midfielder Xaver Schlager should keep their places at the heart of the team’s spine. Laimer played well but is low on match fitness and form after missing much of the Bundesliga season due to a knee injury. As the group stage moves on, Laimer’s fitness should improve. Mark Arnauntovic could start after coming on as a second-half sub versus North Macedonia. He scored the third goal for the Austrians.

Netherlands vs Austria Prediction

Both teams to score: YES @ 17/20 - BET NOW

 

Austria have seen three of their last six games in all competitions end with both teams scoring goals. The Dutch will be wide open just as they were versus Ukraine. They will go forward but are likely to concede goals as well. Like Austria, Ukraine have seen three of their last six games end with both teams scoring goals.

Marko Arnautovic to score anytime @ 10/3 - BET NOW

 

Arnautovic came on in the 59th minute against North Macedonia and got on the scoresheet late in the game with a goal. He could come into the starting XI for Thursday’s game as fitness improves. Arnautovic plays in China for SH Port and has played four matches scoring three goals in 2021. Arnautovic is good enough at 32 to star for a team in Europe. If he can stay hot, Austria can continue their good form against the Dutch.

Over 2.5 goals scored @ 10/13 - BET NOW

 

Both teams saw over 2.5 goals scored on matchday 1 in Group C. This game is likely to be just as high scoring as the games for both Austrian and the Netherlands. Neutrals should love this game for its wide-open attacking football.

Don’t sleep on the Austrians in this game. The Dutch are not as good as they are made out to be. De Boer is considered by a lot of Premier League fans and pundits as one of the worst – or worst – managers in the league’s history. He has succeeded against weaker sides and Ukraine almost took points off them on matchday 1 in Group C. This game could finish in a draw or Dutch win. Austria could surprise a few onlookers here.