12th Jun 2021 | International
Austria v North Macedonia Tip
Marko Arnautovic and captain Julian Baumgartlinger could both be missing from the Austria starting line-up. Coach Franco Foda isn't too popular, and football minnows North Macedonia carry genuine hope here.
North Macedonia were beaten twice in qualification by Austria, and make their tournament debut as heavy underdogs here, but the upset could be on at 9/2 with Bet365.
First of all, a lot has changed since those qualification head-to-heads. North Macedonia found momentum as they weaved their way through an unlikely path of Europa League and playoffs, before famously winning 2-1 in Germany three months ago.
Austria can’t boast any recent victories of note. Their only win in their last six came at home to the Faroe Islands, who still led at one point.
The dynamic here is fascinating. The Austrians must cope with a rare thing - favoritism despite having never won a European Championship match. The tiny Baltic nation can also expect good support in Romania, and a ‘nothing to lose’ attitude could flip this one.
Odds correct at time of publishing: 12:28 12th Jun, 2021 but subject to change