Euro Betting: Netherlands vs Austria, 17th June
Group Stage | Group C | Amsterdam
Their Euros So Far
The Netherlands and Austria can both go into this fixture with the relief and reassurance of opening game victories. The Dutch enjoyed an excellent, combative victory over Ukraine, where they needed a late Denzel Dumfries goal to secure the points. And Austria overcame Euro debutants, North Macedonia in a 3-1 victory, with two late goals after 78 minutes to be certain of victory.
The Austria win wasn’t without contention, as Marko Arnautovic appeared to carry out a seemingly anti-Albanian rant whilst celebrating his 89th minute strike. It took teammate David Alaba grabbing him round the neck and face to stop and calm him down. At the time of writing this, there is speculation that Arnautovic could miss the rest of the tournament if found guilty.
For the Netherlands, they can be satisfied with the fact they beat a Ukrainian team that had not lost for six games, and the fact they had three separate goalscorers in Giorginio Wijnaldum, Wout Weghorst, and Denzel Dumfries. More concerning is the fact they gave up a two-goal lead in the space of four minutes. Surely something for Frank de Boer to work on before the game against Austria.
Franco Foda’s team should take great delight in the fact they finally won a Euro game for the first time ever. However, they will know facing North Macedonia and the Netherlands is some difference. Fortunately, in Foda, they have a manager brave enough to take risks and make changes for big games. Against North Macedonia, he switched to an untested 3-5-2 that paid dividends. It allowed Marcel Sabitzer to drive forward constantly, resulting in 3 goals and in Sabitzer’s words, “A dream assist.” They will, however, have to eliminate mistakes for the Dutch game, with a poor mix-up resulting in a temporary and unexpected equaliser for the North Macedonians.
Two sides needing just a little more to potentially reach the knockout stages, past results may give an indication over who has the edge.
Ominously, the Dutch have won the last six meetings between the sides, and averaging an impressive three goals a game. Most recently, a friendly in 2016, ended in a 2-0 victory for then manager, Danny Blind’s team. With Giorginio Wijnaldum on the scoresheet. Could he repeat that this time round?
There has only been one previous Euro tie between the teams, two qualifying games for the 2004 finals. Dick Advocaat’s team running out 3-0 and 3-1 winners across both games. The most recent content on Netherlands’ soil was a 3-1 home win, with the aforementioned Arnautovic scoring a consolation penalty for Austria.
Quite simply, it makes for very grim reading from an Austrian perspective, but one that they would love to change.
So, will the home of ‘Total Football’ dish out total annihilation?
Or could Austria double their Euro victories in the space of one week?