Kick-off: 1945, 07/09/2021
Stadium: Ernst-Happel Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Scotland have already drawn once with Austria during World Cup qualifying Group F and we’re backing these teams to share the spoils again.
Denmark are currently running away with this pool but this duo will be hoping to challenge current second Israel for the runners-up spot.
Steve Clarke’s side host Israel next month and then visit the Faroe Islands, so a point should certainly suit the visitors.
Punters can get 11/4 for a stalemate and that is our first Austria vs Scotland prediction.
A Look At Austria’s Betting Odds
Austria are as high as 23 in the FIFA rankings, 26 places above Scotland, so it is easy to see why they are favourites on home turf.
Das Team did relatively well at Euro 2020, beating North Macedonia and Ukraine during the group stage and only losing out to Italy in extra-time in the round of 16.
Their exploits in this pool have been erratic, though, despite starting out with a decent 2-2 draw at Hampden and then beating Faroe Islands 3-1.
Franco Foda’s men completed a March triple-header by being thrashed 4-0 at home by Denmark.
During this international break, Austria won 2-0 away to Moldova but it is hard to take odds-on for a team hammered 5-2 in Israel on Saturday.
Hoffenheim midfielder Christoph Baumgartner and former West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic netted in both of those games and are feared.
However, influential midfielders Julian Baumgartlinger and Marcel Sabitzer are injured while an ageing defence looks vulnerable.
Examining the 21/20 for both teams to score is fair value.
A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds
Scotland had their first taste of a major tournament for 23 years at Euro 2020 and holding England to a draw at Wembley will have whetted their appetite for more big games.
In this campaign, Clarke’s side followed up the Austria stalemate by drawing 1-1 in Israel and then brushed aside Faroe Islands 4-0.
The performances have not been as good this month, with Denmark prevailing 2-0 in Copenhagen and then Moldova only edged out 1-0 at Hampden.
However, the Scots did create several chances to add to a close-range finish after 13 minutes by striker Lyndon Dykes over the weekend.
Clarke insisted: “It was important to win, it was important to play on the front foot and I think we did that.
“It was important to get a clean sheet and we did that as well, so a good night for us.
“If you are not creating chances, you are more worried than if you are creating chances and not scoring.”
Covid issues have caused problems but Scotland can still call on a solid spine to their line-up.
Let’s add on 17/4 for a score draw to our Austria vs Scotland betting tips.
Israel 5-2 AUSTRIA – Baumgartner, Arnautovic
SCOTLAND 1-0 Moldova – Dykes
Head-to-head: Scotland 2-2 Austria, Austria 0-1 Scotland, Austria 2-2 Scotland
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