Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
After recording three consecutive wins in Group G, Austria played out a goalless draw with Poland in their last qualifier. The Austrians are eyeing their third straight clean sheet in the European Championship qualifiers and we predict that they are going to rely on their rock-solid defence in Thursday’s football match.
Franco Foda’s charges aim to climb to second position in Group G, but seeing that Israel are still in the race for a place at the showpiece tournament, this game will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. Nonetheless, Austria are a real force to be reckoned with at home and former Premier League attacker Marko Arnautovic is likely to lead Franco Foda’s troops to yet another triumph. When the two teams met Haifa earlier in the process Israel defeated Austria 4-2, meaning that the hosts are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Christian 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 (Israel):
Israel are the direct successor of the Mandatory Palestine national football team. The Israelis received full UEFA membership in 1994, 20 years after leaving AFC and they have been facing European sides in the World Cup qualifiers ever since. Israel participated at the 1970 FIFA World Cup finals in Mexico, but they failed to make it to the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament.
The Israeli national football team have yet to qualify for the final stages of the European Championship, but they made it to the quarter-finals of the Olympics on two occasions (1968, 1976). Israel play their home games at both Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa and Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem.
Yossi Benayoun is the most famous and the most capped Israeli footballer and it has to be noted that the pacey midfielder played for the likes of Racing Santander, West Ham United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea in the past. Israel play their home games in blue shirts and blue shorts, whilst they wear white shirts and white shorts when playing on the travels.