While neither Austria or North Macedonia is expected to make deep runs in EURO 2020/2021, they have the ability to do damage, especially in the group stage. A potential winner from this opening game will be in a spot to put Ukraine or Netherlands in a very tough situation, depending on the outcome of their match a few hours after this one. The Austria manager, Franco Foda, will be pressured to secure the first three pointer in the nation’s history from the EURO’s, and while the starpower is on his side through players like David Alaba, Konrad Laimer and Marcel Sabitzer they will face a defensive minded team that needs to be cracked.
We should notice that North Macedonia won an away game against Germany in a fascinating way in the World Cup 2022 qualifiers, played in March 2021. This triumph will certainly change the outlook of the nation a bit and also inspire the players even further.