Kick Off: 1700, 02/06/2018
Stadium: Worthersee Stadion
Germany have failed to win any of four international friendlies played since qualifying for Russia 2018 but are fancied to end that barren run in Austria on Saturday.
Following draws against England, France and Spain, Die Mannschaft were beaten 1-0 by Brazil, but this weekend’s opponents are a level below that quartet.
Joachim Low would love to dominate from the outset in Klagenfurt, so 13/10 for the World Cup holders to lead at half-time and full-time kicks off our Austria vs Germany betting tips.
A Look At Austria’s Betting Odds
Although only fourth in their World Cup qualifying group, Austria did finish strongly with a 3-2 home win over Serbia and a 1-0 triumph in Moldova.
Franco Foda’s side have also been in fine form in friendlies, with Wednesday’s 1-0 defeat of Russia following victories against Uruguay, Slovenia and Luxembourg.
West Ham front man Marko Arnautovic set up Schalke midfielder Alessandro Schopf to bag the deciding strike in Innsbruck.
Schopf said: “We didn’t give away much in defence and our forward play was effective. It was a deserved victory.”
Arnautovic, watched by Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho, also hit the bar with a volley and had a free-kick well saved.
Foda can freshen things up, with the likes of Bayern Munich’s David Alaba and Schalke striker Guido Burgstaller starting that game on the bench.
However, we still think two high-profile matches in three days may take its toll at this time of year and 15/2 for a 2-1 away win stands out from the Austria vs Germany odds.
A Look At Germany’s Betting Odds
Germany were ruthless in qualifying for Russia 2018, with 43 goals scored in 10 straight wins, while there was also a Confederations Cup triumph during that period.
Low will be keen to recapture that kind of form as his side prepares to defend the World Cup won in Brazil four years ago.
Die Mannschaft will face useful foes in Mexico, Sweden and South Korea during the pool stage, so there is no room for complacency.
Low showed he means business this week by outlawing sex, alcohol and social media for his players during the tournament, so they should already be fully focused on the job in hand.
Their head-to-head record against Austria also warrants a mention, with Germany bidding to win a 10th straight meeting here.
Thomas Muller has netted 10 goals at the last two World Cup tournaments and will be looking to get his eye in, so 4/1 for the Bayern Munich ace to open the scoring is added to our Austria vs Germany betting predictions.
AUSTRIA 1-0 Russia – Alessandro Schopf
GERMANY 0-1 Brazil
Head-to-head: Germany 3-0 Austria, Austria 1-2 Germany, Germany 6-2 Austria, Austria 1-2 Germany, Austria 0-1 Germany, Austria 0-3 Germany
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