To kick off Group C of Euro 2020, or Euro 2021 if you prefer, we take a look at Austria vs North Macedonia betting odds, currently being 1.65 for Austria and 6.00 for Macedonia. Will this game go as planned with the bookmakers’ favourite winning, or can the underdogs spring an incredible surprise? In this Austria vs North Macedonia preview article we aim to find out.
What is really interesting in this encounter is that we actually have previous evidence to work with, given that Austria and North Macedonia locked horns in their qualification group for this tournament just a matter of months ago.
In the first meeting between the pair, the Macedonians took a surprise lead when Martin Hinteregger scored an own goal, but the class of the Austrians eventually shone through as Valentino Lazaro, Marko Arnautovic (x2) and an own goal from Egzon Bejtulai secured a 4-1 victory for Austria.
In the return game, the Austrians were on top once more as goals from David Alaba and Konrad Laimer cancelled out Vlatko Stojanovski’s late consolation.
With that in mind, are Austria the red hot favourite to complete a hat-trick of victories over North Macedonia? The Euro 2021 betting odds certainly suggest as much.
In this Austria vs North Macedonia preview, we will look to uncover the best of the betting value and find a couple of winners for our readers to savour from this exciting match!
Buoyed by those wins over their nearest rivals, Austria qualified with ease from their Euro 2020 qualification group behind Poland but five points clear of the Macedonians in third.
Consequently, North Macedonia were forced to go through the play-off route, but they would have been delighted with being paired with Georgia, Belarus and Kosovo – opportunity awaited them.
And they took it. Kosovo were swept aside 2-1, before a nervy final in Georgia’s capital Tbilisi saw a solitary goal from Goran Pandev through to their first ever major competition appearance.
We will play for our nation’s pride in the finals. Pandev scored a beautiful goal to take us through. - Igor Angelovski, Cricket Soccer
It’s new territory for North Macedonia then, so how will that affect this game? And will Austria’s two victories over them also be a factor?
This is a classy Austria squad, blessed with players who are now plying their trade at the highest level. Pep Guardiola once said that Alaba was one of the most talented players he has ever worked with, while the likes of Marcel Sabitzer, Valentino Lazaro and Stefan Lainer are playing in the top European divisions and in the Champions League. They have the pedigree to go deep into this competition.
North Macedonia are less well stocked with talent, but don’t be too hasty to write them off. Pandev has been a Serie A regular for years as has Illija Nestorovski, while Ezgjan Alioski has been a key figure in Leeds United’s ascent to the Premier League.
But we have to fancy the extra class that Austria have and the goals of Arnautovic, and so our Austria vs North Macedonia predictions have to focus on the pedigree of the Austrians to get the win.
As we have covered, it’s the Austrians we favour in our North Macedonia vs Austria betting tips, so how can we make that count with our bets?
As indicated by all available North Macedonia vs Austria betting odds North Macedonia is predicted to win (at 1.65) and if we were to decide now, Alaba and co would be our favourites too.
We can increase our value in Austria vs North Macedonia betting tips by exploring other avenues. Take a look at the two games these sides played in qualifying – Austria won and both teams scored on either occasion.
North Macedonia’s goals, however, came courtesy of an own goal and a 93rd minute consolation strike, and so actually we can back Austria to win to nil with some confidence. Your bookmaker may list that as Austria to win & both teams to score no, so be sure to check out our Euro 2020 betting tips in all of the markets covered.
And if your bookie offers such odds, the last of our Austria vs North Macedonia betting picks is to back Arnautovic to score anytime – he is a proven goal-grabber.
3. Austria vs North Macedonia Live Stream
The great news for football fans in the UK is that you can catch the Austria vs North Macedonia live stream on TV, with BBC and ITV sharing the broadcast rights.
In other countries, the rules vary and so North Macedonia vs Austria live streaming may or may not be available to you.
Fear not, because some bookmakers may just be offering an alternative of where to watch Austria vs North Macedonia. Their live streaming channels offer hundreds of hours of football each week, so be sure to check the schedule for more information and don’t forget to make use of our Austria vs North Macedonia betting odds and back your favourites to make watching even more exciting!