France vs Austria: Football Whispers' Predictions
As predicted by soccer handicap tip experts, France have really struggled in the Nations League this season, failing to secure a single win from any of their opening four group games. The hosts simply must win their remaining two fixtures this week if they are to stand any chance of qualifying for the knockout round. Austria provide the opposition in France on Thursday and having already held their hosts to a draw in the reverse fixture, the visitors will fancy their chances against a weakened French squad.
Austria Double Chance
Austria have picked up 4pts in Group 1 so far, including a draw against the French back in June. France have lost two and drawn two of their opening four group games and head into Thursday's match without a host of first-choice players, leaving their squad lacking a lot of experience, especially in midfield. Austria have picked up two draws and a win from their last five meetings with the French, so you can see why we have backed the visitors with a double chance bet.
Both Teams to Score
So far, the experts of soccer under tip say that: There is a good chance that we will be treated to goals at both ends of the pitch when these two countries go head-to-head. Four of the last five meetings between France and Austria have ended with both teams getting on the scoreboard, while four of France's and four of Austria's last six outings in all competitions have also ended with both teams getting on the scoreboard.
All you need to know ahead of France vs Austria
France still searching for their first win in Group 1
France followed up their 1-1 draw with Austria by losing 1-0 at home to Croatia when the last set of Nations League games took place in June. France have now gone four games without a win and head into this week's final two games of the group stage with the likes of Lloris, Kante, Pogba, Benzema, Coman, Rabiot Konate, Kimpembe and the Hernandez brothers.
Series Soccer Tips predicted France Squad: Mike Maignan, Alphonse Areola, Alban Lafont, Raphaël Varane, Benjamin Pavard, Jules Koundé, Ferland Mendy, Dayot Upamecano, William Saliba, Jonathan Clauss, Benoît Badiashile, Adrien Truffert, Aurélien Tchouaméni, Matteo Guendouzi, Christopher Nkunku, Jordan Veretout, Eduardo Camavinga, Youssouf Fofana, Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann, Kylian Mbappé, Ousmane Dembélé & Randal Kolo Muani
Austria's last game ended in a 2-0 defeat in Denmark but that 1-1 draw with France took them onto 4pts and keeps Arnautovic and co in contention for the knockout stages as Austria sit 3pts behind Croatia with two games left to play this week. The visitors are missing a couple of regular players but still head to France with a strong squad capable of coming away with a decent result.
Austria Squad: Heinz Lindner, Alexander Schlager, Patrick Pentz, David Alaba, Stefan Lainer, Andreas Ulmer, Christopher Trimmel, Stefan Posch, Kevin Danso, Philipp Lienhart, Maximilian Wöber, Gernot Trauner, Marco Friedl, Marcel Sabitzer, Xaver Schlager, Christoph Baumgartner, Nicolas Seiwald, Dejan Ljubicic, Muhammed Cham Saračević, Romano Schmid, Marko Arnautović, Michael Gregoritsch, Andreas Weimann & Karim Onisiwo
France vs Austria: Your Questions
Who are the favourites to win? – France are the clear favourites with the bookmakers.
What was the score when these two teams last met? – Austria 1-1 France.
What time is kick-off? – 19:45 BST, 20:45 CET.