Let’s now take a look at the qualifiers of the 2022 EURO Cup that will start this week. Two teams that haven’t met in over a decade will clash against one another on Thursday, when Austria will play host to Poland. Austria did a solid job in the UEFA Nations League a few months back. Poland had a pretty bad run in the same competition, eventually relegating from their group.
Date/Time: 3-21-2019, 15:45 EST
Spread: Poland +0.25
Total: 2.25 Goals
Austria were quite solid in the first ever UEFA Nations League but didn’t do anything of substance. They were in the same group as Bosnia & Herzegovina and Northern Ireland but failed to top it. And how could they, after grabbing just one point in two matches against Bosnia & Herzegovina. In any case, Austria lost just once in that competition (2-1-1) and stayed put. They have some really good units in their squad like West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic and Bayern Munich full back David Alaba. They will play hard at home but there is no guarantee they can keep a clean sheet.
On the other hand, Poland were in a much more competitive group in the Nations League. They were up against European Champions Portugal and traditional giants Italy in their group. That draw was really bad for Poland, who didn’t win a single match in that span (0-2-2). To be fair, both their away matches were 1-1 draws against some really solid teams. Bayern Munich’s talismanic forward Robert Lewandowski will be leading the charge once again. Also Napoli’s Arkadiusz Milik is a very strong attacker up front and the two of them will try to carry the team in the 2022 EURO Cup.
The two teams last met in the 2008 EURO Cup, where they split the points in a 1-1 draw that proved to be catastrophic as both teams were eliminated. Each team has won four times and another match was a draw between the two.
I will give a slight advantage to the home team here, who can hold their own at home. Sure, Poland can be really dangerous at times but Austria have a solid defense and will try to shut him out.
EURO Cup Qualifiers Austria vs Poland Prediction: Austria -0.25 (-101)