Ace Football previews the Group C match between Austria and North Macedonia in Euro 2020 and offers betting tips, predictions, odds, and stats.
Austria go up against North Macedonia in Bucharest on Sunday in the European Championship. The Austrians enter the Euro 2020 ranked 23 in the FIFA world ranking, thus signifying the gap between these teams as their opponents are in 62nd-place.
1st place in the group is perhaps too much to hope for Austria. But according to bookmakers, Franco Foda’s side should at least see the first knock-out stage. They won enough matches in qualifying to top some groups, only to settle for 2nd place. They will most likely exit the tournament before the final match, but odds suggest a good run is not beyond them.
Before heading into their first match North Macedonia rank as hefty favorites with the bookmakers to finish bottom of the group. They do come with all the enthusiasm of a debutant though with absolutely nothing to lose. The Lions went the hard way through play off’s before booking a spot at the Euro 2020 after failing to seal a place directly in the group stages. Seeing them even get out of the group at this tournament would be a huge surprise.
Stats and Analysis
When it comes to goal-scoring Austria are not the most prolific side. The Boys scored a sustainable 19 times in their previous 10 internationals, making it 1.9 goals per game. They have been great in defense conceding a lowly 9 goals at their own end. That is an average of 0.9 a game, achieving a clean sheet in 4 of these matches.
North Macedonia, on the other hand, head into Euro 2020 hoping to keep their impressive defensive stats from their last 10 internationals going. Igor Angelovski’s side averaged an adequate 1.2 goals per game, with a total of 12 goals scored. In contrast, they only conceded 13 goals for an average of 1.3 per game. Rather amazingly they only kept their opponents from scoring in 2 of the matches.
Heading into their opening match at the tournament Austria will be disappointed not to come out the other end with a win. They should have enough quality to see off Macedonia as they look for plain sailing in the group stages.
Have Macedonia got the quality to secure even a single point in their first encounter at the Euro 2020? The bookmakers seem to think it is a question of how big a defeat they will suffer.
Stats and facts for Austria and Macedonia.
Fun stats Austria
- Austria has won the last 4 matches in a row at home;
- Austria has won in the last 4 of 5 matches at home;
- Austria scored in the last 7 of 9 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Austria’s last 3 of 5 matches.
Fun stats Macedonia
- Macedonia scored in the last 8 of 10 matches;
- Macedonia conceded in the last 8 of 10 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Macedonia’s last 4 of 6 matches.
Austrians hoping for fresh start.
Austria will enter the match hoping to finally end their disappointing run of form. In their previous 3 matches, Franco Foda’s side were outclassed by Denmark in a 4-0 defeat and went on to a 1-0 defeat against England. Their latest match served up a 0-0 draw against Slovakia.
Newbies in a nice flow.
Results have been pretty much up to scratch in recent matches for Macedonia who have performed more or less according to expectations. In their previous 3 matches, the Balkan side won 2-1 against Germany and went on to a 1-1 draw with Slovenia. Their latest match served up a 4-0 win against Kazakhstan.
Austria v Macedonia Fixture History
In the most previous encounter between Austria and Macedonia, the former managed to hold on to a tight 2-1 win.
Austria enter the match against Macedonia with a 2-0-0 record in their previous 2 encounters in the European Championship.
Man of the Moment
Looking at the market for a goalscorer, it would seem a good idea to side with Sasa Kalajdzic. The Austria international has found the back of the net 3 times in the last 6 matches. It is tempting to look for Aleksandar Trajkovski to shine once again for Macedonia, as he has been their most prolific marksman 3 goals in their previous 6 internationals.