Austria vs Northern Ireland prediction: Austria 0-1 Northern Ireland
These two come into this meeting at the picturesque Ernst-Happel-Stadion in very similar situations.
Both missed out on World Cup qualification having previously made it to Euro 2016.
They also both lost their Nations League opener last month and will be desperate to bounce back.
Who will come out on top in Vienna?
Austria vs Northern Ireland: Who will win?
Austria, as the hosts, are favourites at 3/5.
Northern Ireland though have won 5 of their last 10 competitive away games.
The Green and White Army are 5/1 to do that again.
A draw is 11/4.
It’s not expected to be a goal fest and under 2.5 goals is 4/6.
Marko Arnautović will lead the line for the home side. The West Ham man is 10/3 to score first and 6/5 to net anytime.
Will Grigg will hope to be on fire up the other end. The Wigan forward is 11/1 to net first and 4/1 to score in 90 minutes.
Austria vs Northern Ireland: Match preview
Austria are looking to rebuild after an underwhelming World Cup qualification campaign.
They won just 4 of their 10 matches, finishing in fourth, 4 points behind the Republic of Ireland who took the play-off place.
Franco Foda is the new man at the helm, tasked with recapturing former glories.
His tenure began with a gluttony of friendlies and confidence was high after 6 wins in 8.
However, then the serious business began as they travelled to Zenica for their UEFA Nations League opener against Bosnia.
Das Team conceded a late goal and lost 1-0, in a match they were clearly second best in.
Can they bounce back here?
MOENCHENGLADBACH, GERMANY – MARCH 19: David Alaba of Bayern Munich is challenged by Andreas Christensen of Borussia Moenchengladbach during the Bundesliga match between Borussia Moenchengladbach and Bayern Muenchen at Borussia-Park on March 19, 2017 in Moenchengladbach, Germany. (Photo by Maja Hitij/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Northern Ireland’s night in Vienna?
Michael O’Neill’s task was to ensure that his side got over the heartbreak of missing out on World Cup qualification.
Euro 2016 was their first major finals since Mexico ’86 but they were desperate to make it to back to back tournaments.
During that campaign, they won 5 games in a row, before losing 2 dead rubbers at the end.
They took on Switzerland in the play-off round but were beaten 1-0 due to a clearly incorrect penalty decision.
It was a heartbreaking way for it to end but end it did.
Their Nations League opener with Bosnia in Belfast was their first competitive game since facing the Swiss.
O’Neil’s side dominated, having 26 shots to 5 and 18 corners to 1, but somehow managed to lose 2-1.
Will Grigg did finally get through but his tap in in the 93rd minute was a mere consolation.
3 days later, they put 3 past Israel in a friendly, to bring the confidence back as they head to Vienna.
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) September 12, 2018
The Green and White Army will be in Bosnia on Monday night; these two games could determine their destiny in this group.
If Northern Ireland perform like they did in their first match, this time, they should be rewarded for it with Nations League points.
Austria team news vs Northern Ireland
In the last year or so, many experienced faces in the Austrian camp have hung up their international boots, leaving voids to be filled.
Heinz Lindner, of Swiss Super League club Grasshoppers, has started the last 7 competitive internationals and will win his 22nd cap.
Once again it’ll be a back 3.
Sebastian Prödl, of Watford, and Aleksandar Dragović, once of Leicester City, are the familiar faces within it.
Stefan Lainer of RB Salzburg will start at right wing-back as Stoke City’s Moritz Bauer has been left out the squad all together.
David Alaba of Bayern Munich is their star man; he has licence to get forward at left wing-back.
Former captain Julian Baumgartlinger is no longer around so the midfielders who are have to step up.
They include Peter Žulj, who’ll win only his seventh cap.
They can boast one of the Premier League’s in form players.
West Ham United’s Marko Arnautović has scored 4 goals this season and will be looking for his 20th international goal.
Does this Austrian side have enough to break down Northern Ireland?
Northern Ireland team news vs Austria
As for the visitors, once again their are question marks about who will start in goal.
Bailey Peacock-Farrell has been so impressive, starting every Championship match for high fliers Leeds, and should retain his place in the side.
Jonny Evans and Craig Cathcart are about as solid as centre back duos come.
However, the real stand out performer of the first game was the rookie left back.
20 year-old Jamal Lewis of Norwich shone against Bosnia and looks as though he can fill the void left by Chris Brunt for years to come.
Oliver Norwood and George Saville have been two of the stars of the Championship so far this season, for promotion pushing Sheffield United and Middlesbrough respectively.
Captain Steven Davis will win his 104th cap, taking him just 15 behind Pat Jennings’ all time record.
Niall McGinn is back playing regularly again for Aberdeen after returning to the club from a very brief spell with Korean side Gwangju FC.
They will be without their star forward Kyle Lafferty though.
He’s pulled out of the squad due to injury so, the man who scored against Bosnia Will Grigg, will lead the line.
Can this side silence the home crowd and get 3 points?
Predicted Austria team vs Northern Ireland
Predicted Northern Ireland team vs Austria
The latest tweets from Austria pre Northern Ireland
— ÖFB – oefb.at (@oefb1904) September 11, 2018
— ÖFB – oefb.at (@oefb1904) September 12, 2018
The latest tweets from Northern Ireland pre Austria
🎥 Michael O’Neill still believes we can top our Nations League group 👊🏻⚽️
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) October 3, 2018
🎬 Start your journey from the stands to the touchline in Northern Ireland Uncut 👇🏻
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) September 18, 2018
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) September 11, 2018
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) September 8, 2018
— Northern Ireland (@NorthernIreland) September 8, 2018
All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.