Austria can maintain top spot in UEFA Nations League B Group 1 with victory over Northern Ireland at Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna on Sunday. Northern Ireland will be hurting from the Euro 2020 loss in midweek, but can they bounce back?
Austria got off to a winning start in the UEFA Nations League with a 2-1 victory in Norway. Goals from Michael Gregoritsch and Marcel Sabitzer established a 2-0 lead and they hung on for a well deserved win.
Christoph Baumgartner and Karim Onisiwo goals were not enough to avoid slipping to a 3-2 defeat at home to Romania. But they bounced back with a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland with Gregoritsch getting the only goal of the game.
That become three wins from four group games as Alessandro Schöpf's strike earned a 1-0 win over Romania in the last round of UEFA Nations League games.
Austria warmed up for the final two matches with a 3-0 friendly win over Luxembourg on Wednesday. All three goals came after the 61st minute through Gernot Trauner, Adrian Grbić and Philipp Wiesinger on his debut.
Austria Team News
Defenders Albert Vallci and Maximilian Ullmann won't be winning their first caps after withdrawing due to positive coronavirus tests.
Midfielder duo Florian Grillitsch and Alessandro Schopf have pulled out through injury. But Shanghai SIPG striker Marko Arnautovic is back in the Austria squad for the first time in 12 months.
Goalkeepers: Pavao Pervan, Cican Stankovic, Alexander Schlager, Jörg Siebenhandl
Defenders: Aleksandar Dragović, David Alaba, Martin Hinteregger, Stefan Lainer, Andreas Ulmer, Christopher Trimmel, Philipp Lienhart, Gernot Trauner, Philipp Wiesinger
Midfielders: Julian Baumgartlinger, Stefan Ilsanker, Valentino Lazaro, Louis Schaub, Xaver Schlager, Peter Žulj, Christoph Baumgartner, Reinhold Ranftl, Raphael Holzhauser, Husein Balić
Forwards: Marko Arnautović, Marcel Sabitzer, Michael Gregoritsch, Karim Onisiwo, Adrian Grbić, Saša Kalajdžić
Northern Ireland Form
Northern Ireland suffered Euro 2020 heartache after losing their play-off against Slovakia in extra-time on Thursday.
Juraj Kucka's first-half goal for Slovakia was cancelled out when Milan Skriniar put through his own net with two minutes remaining. But Slovakia's Michal Duris won the game with a winner in the 110th minute.
Ian Baraclough's side have won just one of their last 11 internationals, including going winless in the four UEFA Nations League so far in this campaign.
They started with a 1-1 draw with Romania with Gavin Whyte equalising with four minutes remaining. But Northern Ireland have lost 5-1 at home to Norway, 1-0 at home to Austria and 1-0 away at Norway.
A positive result is needed if Northern Ireland are to give themselves a chance of avoid relegation.
Northern Ireland Team News
George Saville has left the Northern Ireland squad for personal reasons and boss Ian Baraclough has a number of injuries worries.
Defenders Jonny Evans, Stuart Dallas and Craig Cathcart, and midfielders Paddy McNair and captain Steven Davis all pick up knocks and will be assessed before the game.
Northern Ireland Squad
Goalkeepers: Michael McGovern, Bailey Peacock-Farrell, Conor Hazard
Defenders: Jonny Evans, Craig Cathcart, Stuart Dallas, Shane Ferguson, Conor McLaughlin, Jamal Lewis, Michael Smith, Tom Flanagan, Ryan McLaughlin, Daniel Ballard
Midfielders: Steven Davis, Niall McGinn, Paddy McNair, Gavin Whyte, Jordan Thompson, Ethan Galbraith, Alistair McCann
Forwards: Kyle Lafferty, Josh Magennis, Conor Washington, Liam Boyce
Austria vs Northern Ireland Head to Head
Austria lead the head to head 5-4 with three draws from 12 matches against Northern Ireland. Austria have won the last four in a row including three games in the last two UEFA Nations League campaigns.
Austria vs Northern Ireland Odds
Austria are firm favourites at 1.25 with bet365
. Northern Ireland are 13.00 outsiders with a draw available to back at 5.50.
Austria vs Northern Ireland Stats
- Austria have won 8 of their last 10 matches (all competitions).
- Austria have won their last 3 matches without conceding (all competitions).
- Austria have won the last 4 matches against Northern Ireland (all competitions).
- Northern Ireland have won 1 of their last 11 matches (all competitions).