Our match prediction:
Ernst-Happel-Stadion will host the match between Austria and Netherlands. The Oranje aim to build on a 2-1 win over Poland and it remains to be seen if they are capable of spoiling Das Team’s party in Wien. The Austrians will play their final warm-up game against Netherlands before they kick off their Euro 2016 campaign and, no doubt, Marcel Koller is going to field the best possible side against Danny Blind’s troops. Bayern Munich ace David Alaba scored a funny own goal in a 2-1 win over Malta, but he will be the man to watch in the home side in Saturday’s football match. Austria are a real force to be reckoned with at home and we predict that Marcel Koller’s men will find the net in their final warm-up game and considering that the Oranje have been impressive in front of goal of late, both teams to score bet appears on the cards.
Highligted Player (Fuchs):
Christian Fuchs is an Austrian defender born on 7th April 1986, who has gone on to become one of the most famous footballers in history of the national team. The left back played for Wiener Neustadt and SV Mattersburg on domestic stage before securing a high-profile move to Bochum in the summer of 2008. Fuchs played for VFL Bochum, Mainz and Schalke in Germany, putting in some strong showings, but it was a free transfer to then Premier League strugglers Leicester City that would make him a household name. The left-sided defender played an important role in the club’s transition from relegation strugglers to genuine title contenders, earning worldwide praise for his performances on the left hand side. Very strong in defensive tasks and possessing an excellent left foot, Fuchs has contributed to quite a few goals his teammates have scored over the years, and he has also become an indispensable member of the Austria national team that secured their place at the Euro 2016 finals in France in style, earning over 70 caps in the process.
Highlighted Team (Austria):
Austria is one of Europe’s oldest national football teams and they enjoyed plenty of success during the 1930’s, earning the nickname Wunderteam in the process. Das Team achieved a fourth-place finish at the second World Cup in 1934, before finishing in third place at the 1954 finals. However, Austria have since participated at another five World Cup finals, never getting past the first knockout stage. Das Team were even more disappointing in the European Championship qualifying campaigns, failing to qualify for 12 straight tournaments before appearing at the 2008 finals as co-hosts. However, Austria made it to the Euro 2016 in style, winning nine of ten qualifiers to suggest the team may be on the path to return to old glory days. Former Bayern Munich midfielder Andreas Herzog is the team’s most capped footballer with 103 appearances, whereas Toni Polster is the most prolific striker with 44 goals in 95 outings. Matthias Sinderlar, Ernst Ocwirk, Herbert Prohaska and Hans Krankl are some of the most notable players to have represented Austria over the years.