Our football match prediction:
All eyes will be on Ernst-Happel-Stadion when Austria Wien face Milan in the opening match of their Europa League campaign. The Austrian side have been in a fine form in the national championship and they are surely high on confidence ahead of Thursday’s football match against Milan. Austria fans are likely to pack the stadium and, one thing is for sure, the hosts are going to leave their hearts on the field. Milan did well to reinforce the squad in the summer transfer and, no doubt, Italia defender Leonardo Bonucci is going to help the team improve defensively. Coach Vincenzo Montella has a number of top-class footballers to choose from and we predict that the Rossoneri are going to emerge triumphant in their opener. Spanish attacker Suso is likely to lead the line for the visitors against Austria Wien and he should pose a big threat for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (Raphael Holzhauser):
After spending his youth career at the likes of ATSV Teesdorf, Rapid Wien and VfB Stuttgart, Raphael Holzhauser started playing for the reserve team of Stuttgart at senior level. The 193-cm tall midfielder scored 11 goals in 77 appearances for the team and he played 23 games for the first team of Stuttgart as well. The Austria international was loaned to Augsburg in 2013, but he made no more than 13 appearances for the Bundesliga side in the 2013/2014 season. In the winter of 2015 Raphael Holzhauser returned to his homeland, signing a contract with Austria Wien. The left-footed midfielder has been playing for the capital club ever since and it has to be noted that he scored 8 goals in 35 appearances for the VIolets in the 2016/2017 Austrian Bundesliga campaign, while providing ten assists for his teammates. Raphael Holzhauser has a contract with Austria Wien which should expire on June 30, 2018. His main position is central midfield.
Highlighted Team (AC Milan):
AC Milan are regarded as one of the biggest club in Italy. The Rossoneri compete in the Italian Serie A and they have won 18 domestic trophies. Speaking of the club’s European success, Milan have clinched seven Champions League (European Cup) trophies. Milan were on the verge of beating Liverpool in the 2005 Champions League final, but the Premier League outfit came from three goals behind and eventually won the prestigious trophy on penalties. The Rossoneri play their home games at Stadio San Siro (80,018), the stadium that was opened in 1926. It is well known that Milan’s bitterest rivals are Inter and there have always been fireworks when the two local rivals face each other in the Derby della Madonnina. Milan were founded in 1899 by a lace-maker from England named Herbert Kilpin and a businessman Alfred Edwards. Milan’s home kits are red and black and that is why the team’s nickname is Rossoneri (The Red and Blacks). The likes of Alessandro Costacurta, Paolo Maldini, Franco Baresi, Roberto Donadoni, Dejan Savicevic, Frank Rijkaard, Marco van Basten, Ruud Gullit and Andrea Pirlo are the most famous footballers who have represented the San Siro outfit.