Scotland v Austria – BBC Sport

Scotland v Austria - BBC Sport

Scotland will play their first game of 2021 on Thursday
Lieu: Hampden Park, Glasgow Date: Thursday March 25 Start: 19h45 GMT
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Scotland had no further withdrawals from their side ahead of Thursday’s opening World Cup qualifier against Austria in Hampden.

Midfielder Ryan Jack was named to the original squad but suffered a calf injury after missing Rangers’ last six games.

Forwards Che Adams and Kevin Nisbet could make their senior international debuts for Steve Clarke’s side.

Defenders Grant Hanley and Jack Hendry could win their first selection since 2018.

Germany has removed Great Britain from a list of countries requiring a 14-day quarantine, meaning players in the Austrian German Bundesliga can travel freely to Scotland. France have also changed their rules, which means Franco Foda has a full squad.

Austria, undefeated in six matches, will be without captain Julian Baumgartlinger after veteran Bayer Leverkusen seriously injured his knee.

But Bayern Munich defender David Alaba and RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer will be available for the trip to Hampden, followed by matches in Vienna against the Faroe Islands and Denmark.

What they said

Scotland coach Steve Clarke: “It’s a big blow for us because Ryan Jack has done well for us and he’s playing a certain position in midfield that without him we don’t really have. So we will miss him but we have a really good squad now so it’s time for someone else to move on.

“Austria’s strength probably lies in the team rather than the individuals. Like any Austrian team, physically strong but also technically good. Dangerous in some areas. We will set ourselves up to try to undo that, but we also want to be at the forefront, we want to make sure that we cause them a lot of trouble. ”

Match statistics

  • This is the first meeting between Scotland and Austria since a friendly in May 2007, which Scotland won 1-0 in Vienna with a goal from Garry O’Connor
  • Scotland and Austria have met in two previous World Cup qualifying campaigns (for the 1970 and 1998 finals). On both occasions Scotland won their home game against Austria: 2-1 in November 1968 with goals from Denis Law and Billy Bremner and 2-0 in April 1997 with a brace from Kevin Gallacher.
  • Scotland have won nine of their last 13 competitive home matches (D2 L2), those nine victories spanning European Championship qualifying, World Cup qualifying and the Nations League qualifying. UEFA.
  • Austria have won their opener in 12 of their 18 World Cup qualifiers (D3 L3), twice winning their first away game: in 2000 against Liechtenstein and 2016 against Georgia during qualifying for 2002 and 2018. World Cups respectively
  • Scotland have not lost any of their five home qualifiers in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers (W3 D2), with their last home defeat in World Cup qualifying coming in September 2013 against Belgium.
  • Austria have won all four of their away matches in 2020 and could win five in a row for the first time in a streak of eight consecutive road wins between October 2013 and September 2016.
  • Austria have won 67% of their international matches under Franco Foda (20 out of 30) – the highest win rate of any previous team coaches
  • John McGinn is Scotland’s top scorer under Steve Clarke, scoring seven goals in 15 appearances under him. However, those seven goals came in a six-game stretch in 2019, failing to score in his last eight appearances for the national team.


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