Our prediction for this Euro 2024 match:
All eyes will be on King Baudouin Stadium when Belgium and Austria face each other in the Group F derby on Saturday evening. The Red Devils kicked off their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a 3-0 win over Sweden, but keep in mind that Man City skipper Kevin De Bruyne misses June fixtures with injury. Inter forward Romelu Lukaku is widely expected to lead the line for the hosts.
The Austrians, on the other hand, aim to retain top position in the standings, but they will have a mountain to climb in Saturday’s showdown. Men to watch in the away team will be David Alaba, Marcel Sabitzer, and Maximilian Wober. Freiburg striker Michael Gregoritsch is widely expected to lead the line for the visiting side. In their last encounter in a competitive match Belgium defeated Austria 2-0 and we predict that history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Romelu Lukaku):
Romelu Lukaku Bolingoli, born on 13th of ay 1993 is a Belgian player with roots form Congo. Lukaku played for several youth teams before he got picked up by RSC Anderlecht. After playing for only 2 seasons for Anderlecht Chelsea picked him up for around12 million euro.
Lukaku was never able to get a spot in the starting eleven of Chelsea and after playing for WBA he moved to Everton for approximately 35 million euro.Lukaku made his debut in February 2010 by the age of 16 and is one of the youngest players that player for the highest Belgian national team.
The biggest achievement of Lukakui is winning the Eerste klasse in Belgium and the English FA Cup. With his strength and goal scoring abilities Lukaku can be considered as one of the deadliest strikers of the world. Nicknames for Lukaku are Big Rom and the Tank.
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.