England v Austria betting tips: Chances to impress at Riverside
England will continue their preparations for Euro 2020 by taking on Austria in Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.
Gareth Southgate whittled down his provisional squad from 33 players to 26 on Tuesday as he prepares for the opener against Croatia on June 13 with games against Austria and Romania.
Southgate’s side are 1/2 to win and build some momentum ahead of their Wembley opener, so let’s take a look at some of the markets and odds in our England v Austria betting tips.
England will want to continue their strong form at home where they have won 13 of their last 14 fixtures, considering all three of their group games will take place at Wembley.
Nine of those 13 wins have come with clean sheets, with both teams not to score 8/11 and England to win to nil 5/4.
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Over 2.5 goals is 20/23 as England have scored two goals or more in 12 of their previous 13 home outings.
Austria have lost 1-0 in their last two fixtures against England, albeit stretching back to 2005 and 2007, and the hosts are 11/2 to win 2-0 and 17/2 to secure a 3-0 victory.
Franco Foda’s side have a decent record on the road, winning four and drawing one of their last five, but have yet to face a side as strong as England and Southgate’s team are 11/4 to win both halves.
Before the 2018 World Cup, Southgate played a fringe side in England’s final warm-up game against Costa Rica at Elland Road, meaning the Austria clash could see him pick his strongest line-up.
But Southgate has admitted his squad face a more complicated build-up to the European Championship than any other nation due to injuries, fitness and form.
He still has doubts over some players, with Harry Maguire missing Manchester United’s Europa League final defeat with a knee problem, Kalvin Phillips damaging a shoulder in Leeds’ final Premier League game of the season and Jack Grealish and Jordan Henderson working their way back from injury.
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Therefore spots in central defence and central midfield could open up, leaving the likes of Conor Coady and Tyrone Mings with chances to impress.
Harry Kane has the speculation of a potential transfer away from Tottenham riding over him, while the goals have recently dried up for Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling.
Austria also have some players England need to be aware of in David Alaba, Marcel Sabitzer and Marko Arnautovic.
Premier League Golden Boot winner Harry Kane has netted in England’s last two matches, opening the scoring against Albania and Poland, and is 12/5 to do the same again at the Riverside.
Sterling and Rashford have scored two and three in their last 18 appearances respectively, but are 2/1 and 15/8 to pick up some form ahead of the Euros by getting on the scoresheet.
Where: Riverside Stadium
When: 20:00, Wednesday 2nd June
How to watch: ITV
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication