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England vs Austria: Predictions
The longest wait many of us have had to endure for an international tournament is almost over. England’s final preparations will take in home fixtures at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium against Austria and Romania in the coming days ahead of their opening match against Croatia on Sunday June 13th.
Having lost to Belgium in the Nations League in November, England have since won four consecutive fixtures including their opening three qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup, and so will come into this game with high spirits and with players looking to book their spot in Southgate’s starting XI for that fixture versus Croatia at Wembley.
Austria will be keen to ensure they have a progressive summer this time around. The last European Championships saw Burschen pick up just one point and crash out in the group stages and the hangover lasted through the World Cup qualifying campaign as Das Team failed to reach Russia 2018.
With Real Madrid’s new star David Alaba the stand-out name alongside the experienced Marko Arnautovic, Julian Bamgartlinger and Aleksandar Dragovic, there is certainly ability in this Austria side and a strong performance in England could give boss Franco Foda hope ahead of the must-win opening fixture versus North Macedonia.
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England vs Austria: Match Stats
Six of England’s last nine games have seen three or more goals scored and with most pundits agreeing that on paper, the Three Lions look stronger going forward than they do in defence, plus five of Austria’s last six games seeing Over 2.5 goals bets land, we’re expecting the same again here, with the hosts’ superior quality and home advantage to help them through to the win in the process.
Harry Kane will captain England this summer and having been top scorer at the World Cup in Russia three years ago he will be keen to get among the goals again at Euro 2020. The 27 year old has scored the opening goal in England’s last two international matches against Albania and Poland to take his tally to 34 goals in 53 matches for his country thus far.
16 November 2007 – Austria 0-1 England – International Friendly
08 October 2005 – England 1-0 Austria – FIFA World Cup
04 September 2004 – Austria 2-2 England – FIFA World Cup
13 June 1979 – Austria 4-3 England – International Friendly
26 September 1973 – England 7-0 Austria – International Friendly
These two historic footballing nations haven’t met since 2007 and they haven’t met in the finals of a major competition since way back in 1958. The Three Lions ran out 0-1 winners in that friendly fixture 14 years ago thanks to a first-half effort from Peter Crouch.