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Scotland suffered back-to-back 1-0 defeats in their past two outings as they lost grip on the top spot in their Nations League group.
However, they’re hardly in poor form having won six of nine unbeaten clashes over 90 minutes prior to that, including crucial penalty wins over Israel and Serbia in two of those stalemates as they secured qualification to the Euros.
Both Teams To Score (No)
Notably, Scotland have been involved in a number of low-scoring affairs in recent times as each of their past six since October 2020 have seen fewer than three goals, while all but one of these saw one strike or none at all.
Austria have seen some entertainment in their home games, but five of their last seven on their travels have also seen a maximum of one goal, including 1-0 wins over Slovenia, Northern Ireland and Romania.
Austria managed five clean sheets across this spell, and we wouldn’t be surprised if one team or the other failed to register on the board.
Steve Clarke is still searching for a reliable marksman and will hope new call up Che Adams can continue his recent hot streak.
The 24-year-old had a goal disallowed in Southampton’s FA Cup win over south coast rivals Bournemouth, but had struck in each of their previous three fixtures.
He’ll be disappointed if he can’t displace Lyndon Dykes, who has gotten the nod up front in Scotland’s recent appearances, with the striker having gone 20 games without a goal since November for club side QPR, leading to him losing his place in recent games.
Austria To Win 1-0
Excluding top sies Belgium, Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany and England, Scotland have proven tough to beat on their own patch as they’re W17-D6-L4 on home soils since October 2013.
However, Austria are in a decent vein of form having gone W12-D2-L2 since June 2019. They did benefit from a kind pool in their Euro qualifiers as Poland were the strongest side they faced, though it’s still an impressive recent record and the majority of the teams they’ve encountered over this spell are of comparable quality to their hosts here.
The visitors have also been handed a massive boost as Great Britain has been removed from Germany’s list of countries needing a 14-day quarantine, handing head coach Franco Foda access to most of his large German-based contingent.
That includes the likes of Bayern’s David Alaba and Leipzig attacking midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, though captain and Leverkusen midfielder Julian Baumgartlinger is missing through injury, while forward Marko Arnautovic is also absent.