David Alaba and company are in Glasgow for the Hampden showdown which will be the first of three games for Steve Clarke’s side in a group which also contains Denmark and Moldova.
At the weekend it’s a trip to Israel (again) and then a match with Faroe Islands, but first up is the Austrians on Thursday night.
Here’s all you need to know...
Who: Scotland v Austria
What: FIFA World Cup 2022 qualifiers – UEFA group F
Where: Hampden Park, Glasgow
When: 7.45pm, Thursday March 25, 2021
How to watch
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports, on the Main Event channel (ch. 401) and coverage begins at 7pm. That means the game is also available to stream online via NOW TV or the Sky Go app.
Austria arrive at Hampden in good form having lost just twice in the past years. They’ve played 16 times in that period and drawn twice – with Norway and Poland, but won the rest including a 6-0 thumping of Latvia and two victories over Northern Ireland.
Who to watch
David Alaba is the main man for Thursday night’s opponents. The fleet-footed Bayern Munich wing-back is an attacking threat and is well supported by a quality cast of team-mates including Hoffenheim’s highly-rated midfielder Christoph Baumgartner.
Scotland and Austria have met 20 times at senior men’s international level – and Steve Clarke’s side will be seeking a seventh win come kick-off at Hampden, but the recent results have been fairly psoitive – Scotland have lost to Austria just once since 1978.
There have been three friendlies in the past two decades, with the spoils shared – Scotland winning in Vienna, Austria winning at Hampden and a 2-2 draw in Graz.
Perhaps the most memorable recent match between the sides was a 2-0 home win for Scotland at Celtic Park in 1997 – en route to qualifying for France 98 – where Kevin Gallagher scored a double.