Austria vs Northern Ireland
UEFA Nations League
Date: Friday, 12th October 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Ernst Happel Stadion (Vienna).
Nations League was a hard journey for both the teams until now. The two suffered losses against Bosnia in their respective group openers.
Austria failed to qualify for the Russian World Cup which have fatally affected the teams’ confidence.
Austria lost 1-0 against Bosnia Herzegovina credit to the 78th minute goal from Džeko. Das team, enjoyed ample possession but failed to capitalize on the opportunities that they made.
Of the 13 shots they attempted only one was on target. Defense was rattled when Bosnians were going forward conceding 11 fouls in the process. For the first time Marko Arnautović captained his country in the International stage.
Marko Arnautović and Alaba will be decisive in the upcoming match for team Austria. Both are big game players which they have proved numerous times for their clubs. Let us see if they can replicate that for their country as well.
Northern Ireland is in second in the group table but is well behind the leading Bosnians.
The Norn Iron was defeated at home 1-2 by Bosnia in their opening match in UNL. A goal from Will Grigg late in injury time was too late for a comeback.
Green and White army had a major part of the possession and squandered lot of golden opportunities. Awarded 18 corners they couldn’t win aerial battles with opposition defenders and find the net. Out of the 26 shots only 8 shots was on target.
The coach Michael O’Neill will have up the ante and improve the set-play from his team.
Austria vs Northern Ireland Head to head
The last meeting between the two sides is dated back to 2005, which was a pair of World Cup qualifying fixtures. Austria won 2-0 at home after an adrenaline pumping 3-3 draw in the away leg.
Northern Ireland lead the h2h meeting since 1982 with 4 wins as opposed to 2 losses and 3 draws from 9 matches.
The Austrians’ home record against Northern Ireland is 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss from 5 matches.
Both teams scored in 4 of their last 5 h2h meetings across all venue, while only 1 of their last 5 h2h meetings in Austrian soil saw the same.
Austria vs Northern Ireland Predictions
Austria will have the advantage of playing at home and all they need at this point is a little motivation from their fans. If Arnautovic has his scoring boots on then things will be straightforward for the Burschen.
The Norn Iron currently 28th in the FIFA rankings may not have enough potential to best Franco Foda’s team in their home turf. The poor scoring form makes things worse for this team, especially while playing away from home.
Possession may be evenly shared between the two in the light of their previous matches. Goals will be hard to come by for the Irish if their opponent park-the-bus.
Austria vs Northern Ireland Betting tips
Austria to win @ 6/11 (1.53)
Under 2.5 goals @ 7/10 (1.70).