Kick-off: 1945, 12/10/2018
TV: Sky Sports Football
Austria and Northern Ireland both suffered defeats to Bosnia in their opening UEFA Nations League B Group 3 games.
Das Team were beaten 1-0 in Zenica courtesy of Eden Dzeko’s 78th-minute strike, while goals from Haris Duljevic and Elvis Saric helped Bosnia win 2-1 in Belfast, with Will Grigg’s 90th-minute effort a mere consolation.
The home side will have too much for Michael O’Neill’s side and our first Austria vs Northern Ireland prediction is for them to win without conceding at 11/10.
A Look At Austria’s Betting Odds
Since a 1-0 home defeat by Republic of Ireland in World Cup qualifying in November 2016, Austria have put together a decent run of form, losing just three of the subsequent 17 matches.
A seven-game winning run, culminating in a 2-1 home victory over Germany, was ended by a 3-0 home defeat by Brazil as the Samba Boys prepared for the World Cup.
Austria don’t have a good record against Northern Ireland, winning just two of their nine meetings, including when they last clashed in a World Cup qualifier in 2005 in Vienna.
But star striker Mark Arnautovic has started the Premier League season in fine form for West Ham, with four goals in seven games, and has also struck 19 times in 74 appearances for his country.
A Look At Northern Ireland’s Betting Odds
Northern Ireland ended a run of three games without a win as they enjoyed a 3-0 victory at home to Israel in a friendly.
Gavin Whyte needed less than two minutes of his debut to find the net, rounding off the scoring to add to first-half strikes from captain Steven Davis and Stuart Dallas.
It was a much-needed result after the frustration of the loss to Bosnia in a match Northern Ireland dominated.
But the Green and White Army have not travelled well of late, failing to score in their last four games in trips to Norway, Switzerland, Panama and Costa Rica.
We will finish our Austria vs Northern Ireland betting tips by going for the home side to prevail 2-0 at 21/4.
Bosnia 1-0 AUSTRIA
NORTHERN IRELAND 3-0 Israel – Davis, Dallas, Whyte
Head-to-head: Austria 2-0 Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland 3-3 Austria, Northern Ireland 5-3 Austria, Austria 1-2 Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland 2-1 Austria
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