For the last time, the players have to overcome themselves before they finally say goodbye to the summer break after an exhausting season. For the European national teams are on these days the last qualifying games for the European Championship 2020 on the program. After a totally messed-up start the pressure at the ÖFB-Elf is huge and basically only one victory counts on Monday. It comes to a duel between North Macedonia and Austria!
North Macedonia vs Austria Today’s Football Prediction
The match between Northern Macedonia and the Austrian national team is the pursuit of the group G. The winner from this game will be back in the fight for the European Championship ticket 2020 and could Poland or Israel (depending on the outcome of the direct duel) again to turn the corner. Northern Macedonia has collected four points so far, Austria wrote on Friday with a happy 1-0 win against Slovenia for the first time. The bookmakers are for an away win in the duel of Northern Macedonia. Austria odds of slightly over 2.00 offered.
North Macedonia is not the youngest member of the FIFA, but has changed its name for a few months, and Macedonia has been renamed Macedonia by parliamentary decision. UEFA needs a little more time because the current FIFA World Cup qualifying round keeps the current FIFA World Ranking # 68 listed as EYR Macedonia, Republic of Macedonia.
The national team has been a member of FIFA and UEFA since 1994 and has not had much success on the international football scene. The achievements in recent years have been extremely variable. Although the team was always able to secure respectable results, but also had to accept often blamable defeats against alleged football gnomes.
In the recent past, however, the results can be seen. Of the recent 16 international matches Macedonia had to accept only two defeats. However, the strong balance must be put into perspective a little, because the opponents in recent weeks and months were not necessarily the strongest teams. In the newly created UEFA Nations League North Macedonia was placed in the weakest league D and could secure there group victory against Armenia, Gibraltar and Liechtenstein. Thus, the team of head coach Igor Angelovski, regardless of the performance in this group G still another chance on the first ever European Championship ticket.
With four points from the first three games (draw against Slovenia, victory against Latvia) succeeded Macedonia a quite respectable start in this qualification. Barely had the underdog beaten on Friday group favorite Poland in front of home crowd. Center-back Visar Musliu was relegated to the field in the closing stages and will miss Austria. Otherwise, there is hardly any need for change, because the performance was appealing despite the defeat. Although Austria is rated much more strongly, the current quotas of over 2.00 between North-Macedonia and Austria are quite fair. A self-runner will not do it for the ÖFB-Elf.
Expected lineup of North Macedonia:
➤ Dimitrievski – Zajkov, Bejtulai, Velkovsky – Allosky, Nikolov, Elmas, Bardhi, Ristovski – Pandev, Nestorovski
Last matches of North Macedonia:
⚽️ 07.06.2019 – FYR Macedonia Vs. Poland 0: 1 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 24.03.2019 – Slovenia vs FYR Macedonia 1: 1 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 21.03.2019 – FYR Macedonia vs. Latvia 3: 1 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 19.11.2018 – FYR Macedonia vs. Gibraltar 4: 0 (Nations League)
⚽️ 16.11.2018 – Liechtenstein vs FYR Macedonia 0: 2 (Nations League)
Duty fulfilled, clean your mouth and look towards Skopje and North Macedonia. With these words, the conclusion of the home game at the Wörthersee Stadium could be drawn on Friday. Probably the only positive thing about this evening were actually the three points, which secured the Foda-Elf thanks to a joker-goal by Guido Burgstaller. There were no footballing glitzy moments. Fight, passion and will were not necessarily at the level that the fan of the Austrian national team would have expected. This was certainly not a response to the blamable performance in Israel, but perhaps these “dirty victories” are also needed to regain self-confidence.
“At times we also played well. We played in the midfield with very young players, but they did very well. We won a game. Now it’s time to regenerate, and then we have to reload on Monday. ” – Franco Foda
A little surprising, however, was the conclusion of Franco Foda, who was quite satisfied with the performance in the press conference. However, the “how” after the two defeats was obsolete anyway, because only the victory counted – this task fulfilled the team. For the appearance in Skopje Austria has to do without David Alaba again. The Bayern players had to be replaced in the final phase due to a muscle fiber injury. Austria without Alaba is not an unfamiliar picture, as he will miss for the eighth time in his last 18 international fixtures on Monday. Without Alaba, however, there were five wins and only two defeats in these seven games. His quality is undisputed, but in the national team he is far from putting his mark on the game. The same applies to Marcel Sabitzer, who refused to shake hands with Franco Foda after his substitution and did not even cheer for Guido Burgstaller (who came in for him). An action that earned him a lot of criticism in Austria. Due to the Alaba failure of the Leipzig Legionnaire but probably start again.
Also on Monday, the “how” will move into the background, Austria should retract the next threesome. This will probably be necessary, so that the top duo does not hurry finally. The footballing quality is much higher with players like Marko Arnautovic or Valentino Lazaro in Austria. In addition, there are young players like Xaver Schlager or Konrad Laimer, who have an extremely fine blade. Austria must take the fight, act patiently and then strike. A new game of patience is quite conceivable, accordingly could be between North Macedonia and Austria and a tip on the under 2.5 promising.
Expected formation of Austria:
➤ Lindner – Ulmer, Dragovic, Hinteregger, Lainer – Schlager, Laimer – Sabitzer, Burgstaller, Lazaro – Arnautovic
Last matches of Austria:
⚽️ 07.06.2019 – Austria vs Slovenia 1: 0 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 24.03.2019 – Israel vs. Austria 4: 2 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 21.03.2019 – Austria vs Poland 0: 1 (European Championship Qualification)
⚽️ 18.11.2018 – Northern Ireland vs. Austria 1: 2 (Nations League)
⚽️ 15.11.2018 – Austria vs Bosnia 0: 0 (Nations League)
North Macedonia vs Austria Direct Comparison
The duel on Whitsun Monday in Skopje’s Telekom Arena is in fact the first international match between Northern Macedonia (formerly Macedonia) and the Austrian national football team.
North Macedonia vs Austria Betting Prediction Explained
The pressure in this group G game is clearly on the shoulders of the guests. Northern Macedonia have yet another chance on the EM ticket thanks to the group victory in the UEFA Nations League and do not claim to occupy a top two place in this group. Austria, on the other hand, has to be judged by this goal and after the two defeats it was clear that only two wins counted in this international match weekend. The higher quality is certainly present among the guests and it is accordingly conclusive that between North Macedonia and Austria the tip on the guests is favored.
Key facts – North Macedonia vs Austria tips
🔻 Only two of the last 16 international matches have lost Macedonia!
🔻 For the first time the two teams face each other!
🔻 Austria has to do without Baumgartlinger and Alaba!
The failures of Julian Baumgartlinger and David Alaba are certainly not positive, but to get over. Especially Alaba is often a shadow in the national team compared to his Bayern performance. Due to his failure, other players have to take responsibility and without Alaba the balance sheet with five wins and only two defeats is quite positive. Northern Macedonia can be put on par with Slovenia and on Friday Slovenia was never really dangerous against the ÖFB-Elf. There is a certain risk of a draw, but the value can be found between North Macedonia and Austria at the tip on the ÖFB team.
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