UEFA Euro 2020

Netherlands vs Austria: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction

Jude Summerfield
The Netherland beat Ukraine 3-2 in their Euro 2020 opener
The Netherland beat Ukraine 3-2 in their Euro 2020 opener / ANP Sport/Getty Images
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The two victorious teams from Group C's opening fixtures meet on Thursday when the Netherlands face Austria in Amsterdam.

The Oranje survived a scare against Ukraine, eventually triumphing 3-2 after squandering a 2-0 lead, with impressive performances from Wout Weghorst, Frenkie de Jong and Georginio Wijnaldum.

Franco Foda's Austria toiled at times during their opener against North Macedonia but eventually got over the line, beating Goran Pandev's outfit thanks to goals from Stefan Lainer, Michael Gregoritsch and Marko Arnautovic.

The two teams may already have done enough to qualify for the knockout stages, such is the format of Euro 2020, but whoever wins on Thursday will be well placed to win the group.


What TV channel is Netherlands vs Austria on?

Netherlands v Ukraine - UEFA Euro 2020: Group C
The Amsterdam ArenA will host Thursday's game / Olaf Kraak - Pool/Getty Images

When is kick off? Thursday 17 June, 20:00 (BST)
Where is the match being played? Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
What TV Channel is it on? BBC One (UK), fuboTV (US)
Who is the referee? Orel Grinfeeld
Who's on VAR duty? Pawel Gil


Netherlands team news

Matthijs de Ligt was forced to watch from the sidelines against Ukraine due to a groin problem, but has since returned to training and is in contention to start. If the match comes too soon, Jurrien Timber could retain his place or Manchester City's Nathan Ake may come in.

Weghorst should start again after Frank de Boer's decision to start the striker paid off, with main stars Wijnaldum, De Jong and Memphis Depay again expected to feature in the starting XI.


Austria team news

David Alaba, Michael Gregoritsch
David Alaba looking really tall / Daniel Mihailescu - Pool/Getty Images

Austria have no injury issues to contend with, but Marko Arnautovic may have done enough with his goal off the bench against North Macedonia to earn a starting role.

The former West Ham forward landed himself in hot water with a heated outburst after his strike and UEFA have appointed an ethics and disciplinary inspector to look into his reaction.

David Alaba was expected to play out wide on the left on Sunday. On paper he ended up in the middle of a back three, but pretty much drifted to wherever he was needed, as showcased by his brilliant assist for Gregoritsch's goal.


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If he's declared fit enough to start, De Ligt has some work to do in suring up the Netherlands in defence. De Boer's side were coasting at 2-0 against Ukraine but allowed Andriy Yarmolenko space off the right to curl in a brilliant effort before Roman Yaremchuk levelled the scores with a header straight from a set piece. The Juventus centre back is already one of the best defenders in Serie A and his partnership with Stefan de Vrij should be one of the Netherlands' biggest strengths this summer.


Predicted lineups

Netherlands: Stekelenburg; De Ligt, De Vrij, Blind; Dumfries, De Jong, De Roon, Wijndal; Wijnaldum; Depay, Weghorst.

Austria: Bachmann; Dragovich, Alaba, Hinteregger; Lainer, Laimer, Schlagger, Sabitzer, Ulmer; Kalajdzic, Baumgartner.


Netherlands vs Austria head to head record

International Friendly - "Austria v Netherlands"
Vincent Janssen and Georginio Wijnaldum scored when the Netherlands last faced Austria / VI-Images/Getty Images

The Netherlands and Austria have met each other 19 times previously, with the Oranje coming out on top on nine occasions. The last time they clashed was in 2016, when Vincent Janssen and Wijnaldum scored in a 2-0 victory.

The last time Austria beat their group stage opponents was back in 1990. They have only met at an international tournament once before - the 1978 World Cup, when the Netherlands won 5-1.

From their last six meetings, the Netherlands have won every one.


Netherlands vs Austria score prediction

The Netherlands' fixture with Ukraine was great fun and probably the best match of the tournament so far. Their midfield looked great, though those behind them hardly covered themselves in glory.

However, if De Ligt returns from injury, they should be more frugal at the back. The midfield battle should be fun, with Austria's Marcel Sabitzer and Konrad Laimer offering plenty of quality.

De Boer's side are just about favourites, but their habit of switching off and allowing their opponents back into the game could work in Austria's favour.

Prediction: Netherlands 2-1 Austria


You can read about Netherlands' predicted lineup against Austria in full here.

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