Portugal v Austria tips – the real Austria set to stand up and be counted

The real Austria will stand up and be counted


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Betting Tip: Austria @ 15/4 with bet365

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There’s disappointing and then there’s Austria’s opening match in Group F where they struggled to play fluent football and were deservedly beaten 2-0 by Hungary.

That was one more defeat than they suffered during the entire Euro 2016 qualification campaign, with Austria landing nine wins and a draw on their way to France and they won’t want their adventure to be cut prematurely short.

Plenty of soul-searching will have taken place since that substandard performance and they’re worth giving a second chance against a Portugal side who aren’t world-beaters themselves.

“It’s going to be a tight group,” manager Marcel Koller said after the game. “The situation is that we’ve lost 2-0 and now we have to take at least a point against Portugal — or even better, three.

“We tried to play at our best … It’s down to concentration, and we lost the ball too often. We should have been calmer in our build-up play, but we didn’t manage that.

“We knew that they were capable of playing good football and linking up well. Today showed that. They defended well and they also have players who can decide a game going forward. They showed that today, so their performance was no surprise.”

For all the moaning and preening from Cristiano Ronaldo, they didn’t do enough to beat Iceland and better teams would have shut out the European minnows rather than draw 1-1 and shut up shop.

Austria have the players to cause some damage, with David Alaba and Marko Arnautovic ready to spur the team forward, while Marc Janko has a very healthy hit-rate for his country and will look forward to duelling with Pepe.

Portugal are over-reliant on Ronaldo, with the rest of the team not up to a great deal and we’ll go with Austria to bounce back in style.

Betting Tip: Austria @ 15/4 with bet365

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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