Austria vs North Macedonia: Team Form
Austria qualified for Euro 2020 relatively comfortably, finshing second in Group G, behind only Poland. The team won six of their 10 matches, losing three in the process. Austria were the highest scoring team in the group, finding the back of the net 19 times during the campaign. However, the team was brought back down to earth by a thumping 4-0 2022 World Cup qualifying defeat at home to Denmark. Prior to this, Austria had gone their last eight matches unbeaten.
The football world stood up and took notice of North Macedonia when they beat Germany 2-1 away from home in March. The team had previously beaten both Kosovo and Georgia in order to reach Euro 2020 via the playoffs. Euro 2020 is the first major tournament in which North Macedonia has qualified for, having played their first match as a new country in 2009.
Last 5 Match Results
- Austria 2-1 Northern Ireland
- Austria 1-1 Norway
- Scotland 2-2 Austria
- Austria 3-1 Faroe Islands
- Austria 0-4 Denmark
- North Macedonia 2-1 Estonia
- Armenia 1-0 North Macedonia
- Romania 3-2 North Macedonia
- North Macedonia 5-0 Lithuania
- Germany 1-2 North Macedonia
Austria vs North Macedonia: Team News
Austrian boss Franco Foda seemingly has a good blend of youth and experience going into Euro 2020. David Alaba, who looks set to join Real Madrid after the tournament, is their standout player, accompanied by the likes of Florian Grillitsch, Marcel Sabitzer and Marko Arnautović.
North Macedonia certainly don’t have as many recognisable players as their opponents. 21-year-old Napoli midfielder Elif Elmas is their most promising talent, while veteran striker Goran Pandev remins their biggest threat in front of goal at the age of 37.
Head to Head: Austria vs North Macedonia
Austria and North Macedonia were drawn in the same Euro 2020 qualifying group. Despite going a goal ahead in their home tie, North Macedonia were ultimately beaten 4-1 by Austria back in June 2019. Austria made is six points from six against North Macedonia thanks to a 2-1 home win six months later. Prior to such matches, the two countries had never previously met in either a competitive or friendly encounter. However, the two recent meetings do give punters a good indication as to what the result in Bucharest may be.
Austria vs North Macedonia Betting Odds
Given their recent successes over North Macedonia, it seems fair that Austria are the favourites to kick start their Euro 2020 campaign with a win. Best odds for an Austrian win of 11/20 can be found at BetVictor, with the same bookie pricing North Macedonia at 11/2. A draw is available to back at appealing odds of 3/1 at Betfair. Elsewhere, with eight goals having been scored in the two qualifying matches between the two nations, betting on there being over 2.5 goals in Bucharest is worth considering. This market is available at 6/5 with Paddy Power.
Our Austria vs North Macedonia Betting Tip
Despite previous results, our top betting tip for the Euro 2020 Group C clash between Austria and North Macedonia is to bet on under 2.5 goals being scored during the 90 minutes. Available at odds of 4/6 with Unibet and Bet365, this price is likely to appeal to punters, given how cagy opening matches at major tournaments can be.