Austria Preview & Best Bets for Euro 2020

Expect a lot of goals in Austria's group matches as they attempt to qualify for the knockout stage for the first time ever.

Alistair Corp
Posted: May 25, 2021 12:28 PM ET Updated: Jun 7, 2021 12:28 PM ET
Austria Preview & Best Bets for Euro 2020
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Austria enter Euro 2020 — just the third time they've made it to the European Championship — with a favorable group draw. With four of six third-place group finishers getting a ticket to the Round of 16, this dynamic team will look to advance out of the group stage for the first time ever. 

  • Odds to Win Euros: +8,000
  • Odds to Win Group C: +550
  • Head Coach: Franco Foda
  • Team Name: Das Team

Austria schedule & opponents

Austria bounce back and forth in between Bucharest and Amsterdam against North Macedonia, Netherlands, and Ukraine for their Group C games. 

Date Time Team Odds Draw Team Odds
June 13 Noon ET Austria -175 +275 North Macedonia +550
June 17 3 pm ET Netherlands -217 +353 Austria +631
June 21 Noon ET Ukraine +150 +234 Austria +200

Pre-tournament match odds

Odds for Austria to win

Austria opened at +10,000 on the Euro 2020 odds board. Bettors have been intrigued by their attacking power and have bet them down to their current odds of +8,000. 

Here’s how Austria’s odds to win the tournament have looked over the last eight months, as compared to the other tournament long shots.

Austria team preview

Austria are not loaded with offensive firepower, but their matches are conducive to high goal totals due to the style in which they play. In qualification, ten matches produced an average of 2.85 goals scored. In Nations League, six matches produced an average of 2.50 goals scored. 

Much of this is fueled by the interchangeability of the players on this team and how manager Franco Foda tends to use them. David Alaba is traditionally a left-back but has been routinely starting at left forward. Marcel Sabitzer has played matches in qualification as the midfield link, but also as striker upfront. Marko Arnautović is a traditional winger but finds himself routinely starting as a central attacker within the team. Between the three of them and Valentino Lazaro on the right side, the dynamic and attacking midfield front Foda has to work with is incredibly difficult to defend. 

On the back end, Austria has multiple options for all the wrong reasons. There is still no clarity on who will ultimately start in goal. There are currently three different players competing for the starting role with Daniel Bachmann and Alexander Schlager sharing time. And in front of the uncertainty in goal is one of the least noteworthy backlines in the entire tournament. 

Austrian player to watch

Name: David Alaba

Age: 27

Position: Multiple

There are too many scoring options for Austria — and far too big a task at hand to advance — for any player to be priced at odds relevant to consider a top goalscorer bet. However, due to the positional nature of where he plays, Alaba is a player that will have generous odds in the anytime goalscorer market for each group stage match. The 27-year-old is linked to Real Madrid rumors and plays a much more aggressive role with the national team than with Bayern Munich at the club level. 

Player prop to bet: Alaba anytime goalscorer markets for individual matches

Austria prediction

Best bet: Over 2.5 goals for Austria matches

Austria begins their tournament as a significant favorite against North Macedonia before taking on Netherlands and Ukraine. Second place in the group will likely be settled in that final match, but we should see plenty of fireworks in the first two. Each match involving Austria in the group stage has Over 2.5 goals priced at plus money — which should provide opportunities for bettors. 

Go back to our Euro 2020 Teams page for previews of all 24 countries

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