UEFA Nations League resumes on Friday 12th October and the groups are slowly beginning to take shape. Group 3 already has a leader as Bosnia and Herzegovina have won both their matches, to sit top on 6 points.
That has left the remaining two teams in the group, Austria and Northern Ireland to play catch up and the teams meet at the Ernst Happel Stadion for their second game. Both teams will know, with Bosnia already 6 points clear at the top, they must win if they are to have any chance of competing for top spot and promotion.
Can one of these teams take maximum points and put some pressure on Bosnia? Read our Austria vs Northern Ireland predictions to find out.
|Statistics for last 10 matches ||Austria / Northern Ireland |
|Number of wins: ||8 / 3 |
|Number of draws: ||0 / 2 |
|Average scored goals per match: ||1.8 / 0.9 |
|Average conceded goals per match: ||0.8 /1.1 |
|Failure to score matches: ||2 / 5 |
|Team form (last 5 matches): ||W W L W L / W D L L W |
1. Odds Preview
Both Austria and Northern Ireland have one thing in common and that’s a defeat to Bosnia in this group. However, while Northern Ireland lost at home, Austria lost away and this will be their first home game in the group.
Austria are ranked as the 24th country in the world by FIFA, with Northern Ireland behind them in 28th place. Austria also have an excellent record on home soil, winning six of their last seven matches. Based on these facts, the Austria v Northern Ireland betting odds have the home team as favourites, priced at just 1.59 with Bet365.
Northern Ireland are already under pressure in Group 3 having lost at home to Bosnia in their first game. They do not travel well having failed to win any of their last four away games, with defeats in Norway and Costa Rica.
Northern Ireland are the outsiders for this game, priced at 7.50 with Bet365. The draw is also available at 4.00 at William Hill.
2. Austria v Northern Ireland Prediction
Austria like to play attacking football when at home and they have scored 2 or more goals in five of their last seven home matches. Northern Ireland like to keep things tight when they play away games but conceded 3 goals in their last away game in Costa Rica and could come under pressure from the first whistle in this match.
You can back Austria to win and score at least 2 goals at 1.86 with 1XBET.
Given the approach likely to be adopted by Northern Ireland, there is a good chance they will fail to get on the scoresheet in this game. In fact, Northern Ireland have failed to score a goal in each of their last four away matches and this game is arguably tougher than any of those games.
Austria to win to nil is 2.25 at 22Bet.
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