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Euro 2022 – England vs Austria Preview and Betting Tips

Euro 2022 gets underway on Wednesday as tournament hosts England take on Austria at Old Trafford. The Lionesses will kick off their campaign as strong favourites to claim all three points as they go in search of a first major trophy. Here at NetBet, we’ve previewed the opening fixture and picked out some of the best bets available on our football odds page.

England vs Austria

Wednesday 6th July, 8pm

Old Trafford, Manchester

Live on BBC One

England vs Austria Football Preview

There is no doubt England will be expected to cruise to victory in their first outing of the tournament, and they’ll be hoping for a quick goal to settle the nerves. The Lionesses will have the superior quality across the pitch, but they will have to navigate a tricky Austria side that really have nothing to lose.

Austria only made their debut in a major women’s tournament at Euro 2017, but what an introduction it was. The huge underdogs battled their way to a semi-final against all odds, and they have only improved in the five years since. They will certainly have to ride their luck at times if they are going to progress from the group stages, but they have real quality in the likes of Sarah Zadrazil and Nicole Billa that can hurt the hosts should they get complacent.

Sarina Wiegman will be hoping to avoid all bumps in the road and get off to a solid start in front of a packed Old Trafford crowd. Under the successful Dutch coach, England will fancy their chances of going all the way on home soil. A lot of their hopes will be resting on the shoulders of young Lauren Hemp, after the 21-year-old winger enjoyed an impressive campaign for Manchester City.

Alongside Hemp, her club teammate Ellen White will be looking to rediscover her best form in an England shirt. The centre forward did not register her most prolific domestic campaign, but her eye for goal is still there for all to see. She is England’s all-time leading goalscorer with 50 in 107 games, and she’ll be backed by many to finish the Euros with a golden boot.

England vs Austria Football Odds

As anticipated, England are huge favourites to pick up three points at 4/27 and don’t offer too much value. Austria will come into the game as mammoth underdogs at 39/4, whilst a draw can be backed at 6/1.

England vs Austria Betting Tips

England win 3-0 – 19/4

Austria are not going to just roll over, but we do think they will fall short in their opening game. There is just so much quality in this England side, and with the backing of the crowd, we can see them getting off to a fast start in Manchester.

England win 2-1, 3-1, 4-1 – 11/5

If you want your bases covered, this looks a decent bet. There are some standout players in Austria’s squad, and with nothing to lose, there’s every chance they put up a real fight. However, the Lionesses should come out on top in the end, and this bet covers both potential occurrences.

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