North Macedonia vs Austria (By: Sweem)
This is absolutely almost already a make or break situation for both teams in the chase for second position. Poland are expected to win this group, meanwhile North Macedonia, Israel and Austria will battle for second.
North Macedonia are enjoying their golden generation at this time with players who are regulars in big leagues, spiced with young talent such as highly sought after midfielder Eljif Elmas who is rumored to almost every club in Europe. The loss against Poland (0-1) was unfortunate given how the game played out. Poland had 1 shot on target, which was a very chaotic sequence after a corner. North Macedonia came themselves with 11 goal attempts, compared to Poland's six. Even though the North Macedonians are not recognized as a big football nation, although the fact is that in two years, only Spain and Poland have managed to get victorious in Skopje. In other words, it is a strong confident home team under coach Igor Angelovski who has really brought this group together.
Center back Visar Musliu (7/1) was shown a red card, and will be suspended. Also right back Stefan Ristovski (38/1) is questionable for the hosts.
For Austria, coach Franco Foda was a man under pressure after the consecutive losses against Poland and Israel, but bounced back against Slovenia at home in a hard fought 1-0 victory. It is a bigger football nation than their opponents with players in established clubs, but often national teams results are about selection, coaching, motivation and mood. Some of these have been lacking in Austria, and they remain an unpredictable side in this group. Only Latvia has conceded more goals (8) than Austria (5) in this group which is a vulnerability when visiting
Center back Martin Hinteregger (37/3) and left runner David Alaba (67/13) are both questionable after picking up injuries. Their status will be decided closer to kick off
Skopje is a difficult place to visit, especially now when North Macedonia have a good generation on the field and positive atmosphere in the group. It is truly now or never for the hosts if they want to be a serious contender for the second place race. What was shown against Poland was very positive, aside from the result. Austria have looked more hesitant and gained one victory without impressing. I expect North Macedonia to lead the play on the field and Austria to have a difficult time in this away fixture. The value is all on the hosts in this one. Adding some safety with a draw no bet option to enticing price
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North Macedonia vs Austria predictions
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North Macedonia vs Austria betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Sweem).