Austria (AUT) and North Macedonia (MAC) will set the ball rolling in Euro 2020 Group C. It will be a historic evening for the Macedonians as they will be making their debut in a major football competition. They are on a four-game winning streak, while Austria, who finished bottom in their group in the 2016 edition, has lost two of their last three fixtures.
Marcel Sabitzer and Marko Arnautovic are the two players to watch out for in Austria playing eleven. Both players had a prolific campaign for their respective clubs in the 2020-21 season. Also, David Alaba’s presence adds plenty of quality in the midfield. At 37, Goran Pandev is the most important player in the North Macedonia squad. He had a decent outing in the Italian Serie A this season and scored in the victory over Germany in the 2022 World Cup Qualifiers.
Recent Form (last five matches)
AUT:D(0-0 vs Slovakia), L(1-0 vs England), L(0-4 vs Denmark),W(3-1 vs Faroe Islands), D (2-2 vs Scotland)
MAC: W(4-0 vs Kazakhstan), D(1-1 vs Slovenia),W(vs 1-2 Germany),W(5-0 vs Liechtenstein),L(3-2 vs Romania)
Played:2 AUT won:2 MAC won:0 Drawn:0
Stats & Facts
E Elmas (MID) has three goals and an assist in North Macedonia’s last four matches
Austria scored only one goal in their three group stage games in Euro 2016
M Sabitzer (FOR) has picked up three assists from two matches against North Macedonia
M Arnautovic (FOR) has scored twice against North Macedonia in the UEFA 2020 Qualifiers in 2019
Aleksandar Trajkovski (MID) has netted three goals and two assists in his last five appearances for North Macedonia
AUT (possible):D Bachmann; S Lainer, A Dragovic, M Hinteregger, A Ulmer; K Laimer, X Schlager; M Sabitzer, J Baumgartner, D Alaba; M Arnautovic
MAC (possible):Stole Dimitrievski; S Ristovski, Visar Musliu, Darko Velkovski, E Alioski; A Ademi, Boban Nikolov, E Bardhi; E Elmas, G Pandev, Aleksandar Trajkovski
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