Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Gradski stadion Banja Luka will be packed when Borac and Austria Vienna go head to head in a highly-anticipated Conference League qualifier. Despite making life difficult for the Violets in the first leg, the bookies still see the Bosnian Serbs as the underdogs in this tie, but Vinko Marinovic’s men are eager to defy the odds. There are no fresh injury worries for the hosts, who are aiming to overcome a one-goal deficit in front of home fans.
The visitors, on the other hand, managed to break the deadlock in the 4th minute of stoppage time at Generali Arena, with Haris Tabakovic’s winner giving them a confidence boost. Since Austria will have a number of opportunities to score on the break, we are tempted to put our money on Michael Wimmer’s troops once again. The German tactician is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated Borac Banja Luka in Wien.
Highlighted Team (Austria Vienna):
Austria Wien are an Austrian football club that was founded in March, 1911. Thirteen years later the Violets won their first Austrian Bundesliga title, finishing the season four points clear of fellow capital club First Vienna.
Speaking of the club’s recent trophies, Austria Wien clinched their 24th domestic title in 2013, while lifting their 27th Austrian Cup trophy in 2009. The club’s bitterest rivals are Rapid Wien and the teams face each other in the Wien derby. Austria Wien are regarded as a middle-class club, while Rapid’s supporters mostly come from the city’s working class. Speaking of the club’s European success, the Violets participated in the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1978, losing to Anderlecht in the title game.
Austria Wien welcome their rivals at Franz Horr Stadium, the venue that has been the home ground of the club since 1973. The stadium’s current capacity is 13 400. The club’s colours are violet and white, but they often play their away games in red kits.