Netherlands v Austria Betting Odds Predictions - European Championship Matchday (2)
The game will be played this Thursday at 7:00pm GMT at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
The Netherlands welcome Austria to Amsterdam on Thursday and both sides are in good form having put in winning performances at the weekend to kick-off their Euro 2020 campaigns. Austria were too good for North Macedonia in Bucharest, running out 3-1 winners, while the Dutch edged out Ukraine in a five-goal Amsterdam thriller thanks to a late Denzel Dumfries winner.
Thursday’s match will be the first competitive match between this pair since 2003 and both sides know that a victory will secure their place in the last 16.
Netherlands Hunt For Consistency
The Dutch were in cruise control over Ukraine, leading 2-0 with less than twenty minutes to go before they were hit by a quick-fire double to see them pegged back to 2-2.
Denzel Dumfries may have fired in a late winner but it once again showed that the Netherlands are struggling for consistency against better quality sides and this will be a major concern for boss Frank de Boer and the Dutch fans.
They will be hopeful of taking the points in Amsterdam though, having won the last six matches against Austria and the Dutch have a 68.96% chance of opening the scoring on Thursday.
Games between the Netherlands and Austria historically see goals scored - a staggering 30 goals were scored in the last seven games alone and it’s rated at 54.64% that both sides get on the scoresheet on Thursday.
Austria Target Redemption
The Austrians were touted as dark horses at Euro 2016 but flopped and took just a single point from their three group matches but they arrive at this tournament under the radar and with an experienced squad.
They dominated North Macedonia on Sunday, turning their 63% possession into three well-worked goals and they will fancy their chances against an erratic Dutch side.
Sunday’s victory over North Macedonia was the second time in four matches that the Austrians have scored three goals but it’s only a 7.28% likelihood that they will score 3 or more goals against the Dutch on Thursday.
The Netherlands are strong favourites to take the victory on Thursday - the home win is rated at 60.98%, a result that would see the Dutch through to the last 16. An Austrian win is at 18.52% while the draw, which would suit both sides, is a 25.32% chance.
Netherlands v Austria Head-to-Head.
These countries have played each other 18 times previously - the Dutch have won eight, Austria won six, and four matches ended in a draw. In recent times, the Netherlands have been in the ascendency, winning the last six clashes including a 2-0 friendly victory in Vienna in 2016. Another Dutch win to nil on Thursday is rated at 40.00%.
Players to watch
He may not have got on the scoresheet against Ukraine but Memphis Depay has been in fine form this season, scoring 20 goals for Lyon and five goals for his country since March. Depay will be hopeful of adding to his tally against an Austrian side that’s managed just one clean sheet in their last eight matches.
Austria will look to Saša Kalajdžić to provide their main attacking threat in Amsterdam with the 2 metre tall striker arriving at Euro 2020 on the back of scoring 16 goals in 32 appearances for the newly promoted Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.
Author: Ben Llorente