After two losses from two, Austria need to get the win over Slovenia if they are going to get back into the Group G Euro 2020 qualification race. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game while we have the value with our selection of enhanced odds.
Both Sides Started Badly
Group G doesn’t contain any heavyweights with a Poland side that crashed out of the World Cup group stages the top seed.
However, that hasn’t prevented Austria from making a disastrous start, going down 1-0 at home to the Poles in their first game before a more damaging 4-2 defeat away in Israel, leaving them pointless at the foot of the table alongside minnows Latvia.
It’s also been an underwhelming start for Slovenia, who have produced 1-1 stalemates with both Israel and North Macedonia, which means they’ve now drawn five matches by that same scoreline in a row.
Austria’s Home Form
Although Austria need to recover quickly, they’ve still won seven of ten home games since October 2017, with their only defeats over that period in a friendly to Brazil and that aforementioned clash with Poland.
That spell includes victories over the likes of Uruguay, Germany and Sweden, as well as a comfortable 3-0 success hosting Slovenia themselves.
Their opponents here were the lowest-ranked side they faced over this period, with Slovenia 63rd according to FIFA, Russia 46th, while the rest of these games came versus teams in the top 35.
Slovenia Recent Form
A large part of the reason why Slovenia (pot 4) have drawn five in a row is that the teams they’ve faced have been on a similar standing, with Israel (pot 3) and North Macedonia (pot 5) their first two group games, while their previous three matches were in UEFA Nations League C.
However, even facing those sides they lost three of their six winless outings in the UEFA Nations League, while prior to that they’d lost three of their past five matches, meaning they possess just a solitary victory from their past 13 outings now.
Austria v Slovenia Betting Tips
Austria (pot 2) have home advantage and a better team featuring the likes of Bayern’s David Alaba and West Ham’s Marko Arnautovic, while the top scorer in Slovenia’s squad is 31-year-old Josip Ilicic with just five international goals to his name.
Given the visitors have failed to find the net in nine of their last 11 defeats, while Austria have kept clean sheets in five of their last seven wins, we’d expect this encounter to pan out similarly to their previous meeting.
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