Austria vs Northern Ireland / League of Nations – For Austria and Northern Ireland this is the second match of the League of Nations, and it is crucial for both teams in this Group 3. Both teams were defeated in the first duel they played against Bosnia and Herzegovina, with the proviso that Austria has lost at home, which has made their job harder in the continuation of the competition. Austria and Northern Ireland did not play at this year's World Cup, but the Irish are closer, who were eliminated in the playoffs. The last time these two teams met was in 2005 in the qualifiers for the World Cup, Austria has celebrated on their field with 2-0.
Austria vs Northern Ireland begins 12.10.2018 at 20:45 CET
The Austrians applied for big favourites of this group, but they have not justified it so far, and they brought themselves in the situation that they must win this match. In the first round they lost with 1-0 against the team of Bosnia and Herzegovina as guests, even though Austria has played really well in friendly matches after their failure in the qualifiers for this year’s World Cup.
They made victories over several teams that were preparing themselves for their performance in Russia, including Uruguay, Germany and the host Russia. They were only defeated by Brazil, and in the last friendly match they defeated the quarterfinalist of the World Cup, Sweden with 2-0. That is why they were optimists before their match with Bosnia and Herzegovina, but lost with 1- 0, with the proviso that their coach Foda has a little unexpectedly made a few changes in the composition. They now have additional problem because they cannot count on the injured Alaba and Gregoritsch.
Probable lineups Austria: Lindner – Lazaro, Hinteregger, Prodl, Ulmer – Ilsanker, Zulj – Sabitzer, Schopf, Arnautovic – G.Burgstaller
Northern Ireland is in even more difficult situation, because they were defeated in the first match in the League of Nations, but they were at home, and this is their first appearance, which can practically mean saying goodbye to the fight for the first place. Of course, only if they lose, while a victory would bring them back to game, but they would have to do something in a few days in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Irish did not play a lot of games after an unlucky elimination in the playoffs for placement in the World Cup, namely they only played three duels.
Their effect is a victory, a draw, and a defeat, but they did not play in the strongest composition. They were not in the strongest composition against Bosnia and Herzegovina, but only because they had problems with injuries. They have outplayed their opponents in that duel, but they did not take advantage of their opportunities and they were penalized with two goals, while they at the end of the match scored an honorary goal. Immediately after this duel, they have mastered Israel with 3-0 in a friendly match. Coach O'Neill is now having problem because striker Lafferty is unable to perform due to injury, and Ward and McGinn are also out of action.
Probable lineups Northern Ireland: Peacock-Farrell – McLaughlin, J.Evans, Cathcart, Lewis – C.Evans, St.Davis, Saville, Dallas – Magennis, Grigg
Austria vs Northern Ireland PICK
Victory suits both teams, but that does not mean that they will seek a triumph at all cost, especially the guests. They will play hard and Austria will dominate, however, we do not expect a lot of goals in this match.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.70 at sportingbet (down to 1.60 can be played)
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