By News Team
2nd June 2021
The last time England faced Austria was back in November 2007 when a Peter Crouch goal handed the Three Lions a 1-0 victory over their opponents.
England meet the same nation at the Riverside Stadium on Wednesday as they prepare for the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament.
With the Three Lions squad eager to impress, we preview what should be an interesting encounter.
England favourites to see off Austria
On Tuesday evening, Gareth Southgate announced his final 26-man squad heading to Euro 2020 and he will be hoping to see a strong performance on Wednesday evening from his trusted players as they look to win their first international trophy since 1966 this summer at Euro 2020.
While England won out the last time they faced Austria in 2007, their last defeat to them came in 1979 where they fell to a 4-3 loss in Vienna. But on home soil, England have lost only once in their past six meetings and that came in 1965 at Wembley.
As is no surprise for a team fancied to go deep into Euro 2020 and one that has been in strong form of late, England head into this fixture as clear favourites at 4/9. Southgate’s men can take heart from the fact that they have won their last six friendly matches, scoring 14 goals and conceding just once. In fact, the last time England won seven friendlies in a row came under Sir Bobby Robson in 1986.
This is only England’s second ever match at the Riverside Stadium with their last fixture coming against Slovakia in June 2003. Michael Owen’s brace that day saw England come from behind to triumph 2-1. Current England manager Southgate played the full 90 minutes that day and he will be looking forward to returning to his previous club once again this week.
Chance for Three Lions players to impress
Dominic Calvert-Lewin has found the back of the net four times in his last seven England appearances with his two stand-out goals coming against Wales and Republic of Ireland earlier this season. A stand-out stat for the talented youngster is that he is averaging a goal every 73 minutes in his England career so far, the best ratio of any player to play at least five games for the Three Lions since the Second World War. The Everton striker is likely to be given a chance to impress further on Wednesday and he is 19/20 to find the back of the net. Would you like to work out your potential winnings? Try our online betting calculator.
The last time Austria faced England away from home was back in October 2005 for a World Cup qualifier, but they came away with a 1-0 loss thanks to a Frank Lampard penalty. Austria have had an up and down international record recently, especially after losing 4-0 to Denmark in their last outing. Although they have had a rocky few games, however, their friendly record is magnificent.
Austria have won eight of their last 10 friendly matches, scoring at least twice in seven of those eight wins. Yet Austria are understandably the underdogs at the Riverside, having struggled against England in recent times, but you can get them at 13/2 to cause an upset on Wednesday evening.