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Poland v Austria Prediction, Tips and Odds: Das Team to gain vital victory

It's not quite two strikes and you're out at the Euros, but Poland and Austria meet at Berlin's Olympiastadion on Friday knowing that another loss would leave them unlikely to reach the knockout stages.

The Poles are on the back foot after losing 2-1 against Netherlands, while Austria have plenty to do following their 1-0 defeat at the hands of France.

Given that Netherlands and France lie in wait again in the third round of Group D games, both camps will feel they need to win in Berlin to give themselves a decent chance of qualifying for the last 16.

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Poland v Austria betting tips and predictions

Austria to win - 23/20

Austria came into Euro 2024 being talked up as a possible dark horse, so it's worth sticking to that brief and believing they can beat Poland in the second round of Group D games.

The Austrians would have been disappointed at their 1-0 defeat to France in their opener, not because the loss wasn't unexpected, but more that they failed to land any real blows against a Les Bleus side who were not at their best.

They cannot afford to let one missed opportunity lead to another or they could be on a flight out of Germany and they have to be confident they can land the odds against Poland.

The Poles also come into the game with regrets. They only saw 35 per cent of the ball in their 2-1 loss to the Oranje and missed chances and, while the Dutch just about deserved the win, they were a long way from their best.

Now, though, there is no time for regrets. Poland, they hope with Robert Lewandowski back to lead the line after injury, and Austria, presumably with Marko Arnautovic reinstated to lead theirs, cannot afford any slip-ups.

Austria came into this tournament in tip-top form. Over the past 12 months they have registered home and away successes over Sweden and beaten the likes of Germany and Turkey in friendlies.

Perhaps bringing in Patrick Wimmer to offer a different, more direct threat down one flank would worry Poland's fairly static back three.

Austria will certainly dominate the ball against a Poland side who, let's not forget, finished behind both Albania and Czech Republic in qualifying.

They will be delighted they produced a semblance of a performance against the Dutch, especially without Lewandowski, though is he the saviour of a nation any more anyway?

Though there may well be a question over how good the Dutch actually are, Austria will surely pose as many problems for the Poles as the Oranje did and Jan Bednarek and co were opened up often enough.

Patrick Wimmer Over 0.5 Shots on Target - 11/8

There's a clamour in Austria to bring winger Patrick Wimmer into the starting XI and it would be a surprise if head coach Ralf Rangnick ignores those calls.

Wimmer looked lively coming off the bench in the 1-0 defeat to the French, firing off one of just three Austrian shots on target in half an hour on the pitch after replacing Florian Grillitsch.

Austria need a win now and Wolfsburg's Wimmer is one of those creative stars who can trouble Poland's defence.

The 23-year-old missed almost four months of last season with an ankle injury so is fresher than most and certainly looked lively when he came on against the French.

His one international goal came against Serbia in a warm-up game this month and him having more than 0.5 shots on target looks very attractive.

Over 3.5 Cards - 8/11

Only Serbia committed more fouls in the first round of matches than Austria, who gave away 18 in their 1-0 defeat to France. That helped to contribute towards the five yellow cards they collected.

Poland, interestingly, did not pick up a single yellow in their defeat to the Dutch, a match which only saw 18 fouls in total.

Cards have been set at 3.5 in 2-way betting for Poland against Austria and the 8/11 over that mark looks like the way to go.

Turkish referee Halil Umit Meler is in charge and showed four in the previous game he officiated, Slovakia's 1-0 triumph over Belgium.

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Poland - 12/5
Draw -
Austria -

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