By Maryam Naz
Last Updated: 10th October 2018
Northern Ireland will travel to the Ernst-Happel-Stadion this Friday to face Austria in this UEFA Nations League B match-up. Points away from home have been scarce, but the Green and White Army will be hopeful of securing a hard-fought win against Franco Foda’s side.
Austria vs Northern Ireland: Odds and Predictions
The Austrians are wagering favourites with odds at 1/2 , while Micheal O’Neill’s men are trading at 11/2, and a potential draw projected at 16/5 by our betting tipsters.
Both sides are coming into matchday three off the back of defeats, yet the home side have more attacking flair, with Marko Arnautovic leading the charge.
The West Ham forward spearheads our Austria vs Northern Ireland predictions, and our pick with odds at 10/3 to make it onto the score sheet first.
His league performances, coupled with vital international goals will make him a menacing figure for the O’Neill’s defenders to deal with.
He plays alongside Michael Gregoritsch who has been just as threatening in front of goal for Austria.
Given that the Green and White Army haven’t been too prolific away from home, pre-match verdicts swaying in the favour of Austria is a sensible betting market to follow.
Northern Ireland do possess attacking outlets in the form of Liam Boyce and Kyle Lafferty. The former is tipped to score with odds at 11/1.
Yet, they may not have enough to beat Austria away from home.
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Austria vs Northern Ireland match betting: predicted score, best bet, scorer tips
Predicted score: Northern Ireland to win 1-0, tipped @ 11/1
In spite of Austria’s attacking threat; the first betting tip in our Austria vs Northern Ireland predictions is projecting O’Neill’s men to win the game.
Despite having a less potent attack, Northern Ireland do have an effective defensive set-up in Jonny Evans and Aaron Hughes.
If they can nullify the supply line to Arnautovic and David Alaba, then they could be on their way to a famous and vital victory over the Austrians.
A pick of 11/1 odds may seem a risky bet to punt on, but consider this: Austria lost their last game where an Edin Dzeko’s goal undid them, suggesting that a physical side like Northern Ireland is capable of doing some damage to them.
Best bet: under 1.5 goals scored, betting @ 2/1
Given that Austria will look to operate through Arnautovic, Northern Ireland’s game-plan will involve nullifying any chances towards him.
While players like Alaba do provide creativity and flair in the final third, key to undoing Foda’s side will be keeping the Hammers forward quiet.
The Green and White Army could do this through their fullbacks doubling up on Arnautovic, with the central midfielders Steven Davis and Nial McGinn sitting deep in their defensive third.
Do this efficiently and accurately, and they could contain the goal-scoring to under 1.5 goals.
Our Austria vs Northern Ireland predictions don’t exactly see this match playing out as a goal-fest, so out of all the match forecasts, the odds at 2/1 may make this the safest bet to go for.
Predicted scorer: Kyle Lafferty to score first, odds @ 9/1
So who could seal the win for O’Neill?
Topping the list is the Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty. The 31-year-old may no longer be a youngster, but he certainly possesses the skill and creativity to convert in front of goal.
Lafferty has already netted three goals in three League appearances in the Scottish Premiership this season. He bagged a brace in the derby against Motherwell, earning his side a hard-fought draw.
His aerial presence will make him a handful for the Austrian defenders, which is why we’re making him our pick at 9/1 to score as the final match bet of our Austria vs Northern Ireland predictions.
Maryam is a female football writer, who grew up playing a wide variety of sport. She slowly became converted as a lover of football around the age of 10, and her interest in it drove her to pursue it not only physically, but also academically. In her first year of college she cemented a placement at the Independent, whom she worked for before branching out to Premier League-accredited sites like the female-led 'Offside Rule' blog and RealSport. She studied English at University alongside this, and is now a digital copy-writer and editor, specialising in sports journalism.