Austria vs Bosnia and Herzegovina Betting Preview – 15/11/2018

Austria vs Bosnia and Herzegovina Betting Preview – 15/11/2018

Paddy Power offer banner

Austria vs Bosnia and Herzegovina

A point would guarantee Bosnia and Herzegovina promotion from their Nations League group. They have an impressive three wins from three matches, but face their biggest test yet as they travel to Austria, who lost 1-0 to them back in September but bounced back with a win over Northern Ireland to sit in the middle of this three-team group.

Austria failed to live up to their billing as ones to watch at Euro 2016 and have struggled to do well ever since, finishing fourth in their qualifying group for the World Cup, while the reputation of star man David Alaba has faded somewhat as the versatile player has suffered with injuries in recent years.

They’ve actually performed quite well ever since their World Cup hopes were dashed, making a late but ultimately futile good run in the qualification group. They’ve now won nine of their last fourteen fixtures, including an impressive 2-1 victory over neighbours Germany just before the World Cup, which capped off a run of seven straight victories. Their form since has been a little patchy, alternating between defeats and victories in each of their last six games.

Their only home loss in their last five games was a 3-0 defeat to Sweden. They’ve won seven of their last eight games on home soil, although only one of those was a competitive fixture. They’re unbeaten in just over two years on home soil.

They’ll be extremely glad that Marko Arnautovic looks to have shaken off the injury that was hindering him throughout October. The West Ham man scored the only goal of the game in Austria’s win over Northern Ireland and was on the scoresheet recently for his club too, with the opener in West Ham’s 4-2 win over Burnley. Betway offer odds of 13/8 for him to score anytime, while a home win for Austria is broadly at evens across different bookmakers, while Bet365 offer odds of 21/20. Bet365 also offer odds of 11/5 that they win to nil, which could be worth a shot given Austria have won and kept a clean sheet in four of their last six games.

Bosnia and Herzegovina are unbeaten in their last eight and have a solid combination of a strong defence and reliable centre-forward. Edin Dzeko has scored three goals in his last three games for the national team, including a brace against Northern Ireland.

The striker has been uncharacteristically out of form for his club side Roma, failing to score in his last four appearances, but has turned up on the European stage and ties Lionel Messi as the top scorer in the Champions League with five goals from four games. Dzeko can be backed at 15/8 with Skybet to score anytime.

They’ve also won their last three competitive games on the road, a 2-1 win in Northern Ireland in this competition followed World Cup qualifiers in Estonia and Gibraltar. They’ve also won friendlies in Bulgaria and South Korea in the past few months.

Three of Bosnia Herzegovina’s last eight matches have finished as goalless draws, and their matches have a tendency to be tight at both ends. Only two of their last ten fixtures have seen over two goals scored. Bet365 offer odds of 8/11 that there will be less than 2.5 goals.

Recommended Bets:

Under 2.5 goals at 8/11 with Bet365 – BET HERE

Marko Arnautovic to score anytime at 13/8 with Betway – BET HERE

Paddy Power offer banner