Kick-off: 1945, 21/03/2019
TV: Sky Sports
Austria and Poland both go into Euro 2020 qualifying with very experienced squads and are hard to split ahead of Thursday’s Group G opener in Vienna.
With Israel, Slovenia, Latvia and Macedonia the other teams in this section, each manager may well be satisfied with a share of the spoils to start out.
We reckon 11/5 for a draw offers plenty of value for our first Austria vs Poland prediction.
A Look At Austria’s Betting Odds
Austria could only manage fourth place behind Serbia, Republic of Ireland and Wales in a tight World Cup pool, but just one loss in five home games was a solid effort.
They had previously stormed through Euro 2016 qualifying, dropping just two points in 10 matches to finish eight points ahead of Russia and 10 clear of Sweden.
Last year’s Nations League brought another decent showing, doing the double over Northern Ireland and drawing with Bosnia and Herzegovina at this venue to claim second place and stay in the B division.
West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic can lead the line well, while captain Julian Baumgartlinger has a wealth of Bundesliga experience and marshals the midfield.
Watford’s Sebastian Prodl, Aleksandar Dragovic of Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba are proven performers in defence for this steady set-up.
Looking at the 7/2 for the scores to be level at half-time and full-time.
A Look At Poland’s Betting Odds
Poland reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 after a fine qualifying performance saw them finish a close second to Germany in a pool which also featured Republic of Ireland and Scotland.
The Eagles again impressed on the road to Russia 2018, posting eight wins and a draw from 10 games to be five points clear of Denmark.
Things did not go to plan last summer’s finals and Poland were relegated from the top tier of the Nations League after picking up only two points against Portugal and Italy.
However, they did manage to draw 1-1 in both away fixtures during that campaign and only lost by the narrowest of margins in each home clash.
Bayern Munich hitman Robert Lewandowski is still going strong up front after scoring 55 times in 102 international appearances.
Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik and new AC Milan recruit Krzystof Piatek provide good support in that department, too.
Those in behind are mainly workmanlike, but generally reliable, while former Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczesny is doing well at Juventus this term.
Let’s finish off our Austria vs Poland betting tips by taking 11/2 for a 1-1 stalemate at Ernst-Happel-Stadion.
Northern Ireland 1-2 AUSTRIA – Xaver Schlager, Valentino Lazaro
Portugal 1-1 POLAND – Arkadiusz Milik (pen)
Head-to-head: Austria 1-1 Poland, Poland 3-2 Austria, Austria 1-3 Poland, Poland 3-4 Austria, Austria 2-4 Poland
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