Austria vs. Denmark: World Cup Qualifier Preview

By Martin Green29 March 2021
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Denmark forward Martin Braithwaite

Austria and Denmark should both be full of confidence as they prepare to lock horns in Vienna on Wednesday.

Denmark fielded a second string team for their home game against Moldova on Sunday, but they still sauntered to an 8-0 victory. Christian Eriksen, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Youssef Poulsen, Martin Braithwaite, Andreas Christensen and Thomas Delaney could come back into the team to face Austria, but it would seem that competition for places in the Danish starting 11 is now fierce.

That should inspire the Danes to put in a strong performance on Wednesday. They beat Israel 2-0 in their opener, and they will be keen to maintain their 100% start to the World Cup qualification campaign.

Kalajdzic Looks Dangerous for Austria

Austria could only draw with Scotland in their opening qualification match. They took the lead twice through Sasa Kalajdzic, but the Scots struck back through Grant Hanley and a superb bicycle kick from John McGinn.

Franco Foda’s men then went 1-0 down against the Faroe Islands at the weekend, but they rallied and ended up winning the game 3-1. It means that Austria have now found the back of the net in eight consecutive games.

Kalajdzic was on target again in the 3-1 win against the Faroe Islands and the 23-year-old Stuttgart forward looks very composed in front of goal. Marcel Sabitzer of RB Leipzig is another fantastic player for Austria, while David Alaba and Aleksandar Dragovic form a very solid spine to the team.

Austria are now up to 23rd in the FIFA world rankings, 11 places below Denmark, and they will feel that they can get a result from this game.

Denmark Boasts a Wealth of Attacking Talent

However, it is easy to see why the Danes are the favourites to win. They are priced at 6/4 (2.50) with Unibet, while Austria are 41/20 (3.05) and the draw is 9/4 (3.25).

Kasper Schmeichel is an excellent goalkeeper, and the likes of Christensen, Eriksen, Braithwaite, Poulsen, Delaney and Hojbjerg play for some of the world’s biggest clubs, while the reserves are good enough to thump Moldova 8-0.

Denmark have scored in their last six consecutive matches, and they should be able to extend that run on Wednesday. They have kept clean sheets against Israel and Moldova, but Austria are a lot more dangerous in attack.

Both teams to score therefore looks like a compelling option in this game. That is priced at 19/20 (1.95) with Bet365 and MansionBet, which is a great set of odds. Both teams to score has paid off in each of Austria’s last four matches, and Denmark have been rampant in front of goal lately, so it could prove to be a shrewd bet.