Scotland will host Austria at Hampden Park despite the chance visitors had to swap the home game because of quarantine restrictions.
As a result, Scotland's opponents will be severely weakened for next Thursday's game as their 18 German-based players are not allowed to travel to
unless they received special dispensation to bypass coronavirus protocols.
The reason behind their decision was if they had swapped home fixtures with Scotland, it would have left them facing away games against Moldova, Israel, and Scots in the space of a week in September.
Austria manager Franco Foda said on the Austrian FA's website: "There was no satisfactory option in this situation. We made our decision with a view to the entire qualification campaign.
"If we had swapped home rights, we would have had to play three logistically challenging and gruelling away games within a course in Moldova, Israel and Scotland in September.
"We are also hoping for a real home advantage with our fans behind us in the autumn.
"It is important for us that the decision has been made. Now it's time to focus on the things that we can influence."
After their qualifier with Austria, Scotland will travel to face Israel on March 28 a home match with the Faroe Islands four days later.