Our football match prediction:
Thursday’s football game at Ernst-Happel-Stadion pits together Austria Wien and AEL. Austria Wien have been producing scintillating performances in recent warm-up games, but they failed to impress in their Austrian Cup opener against Ebreichsdorf. The Violets defeated the lower-league side on penalties and, no doubt, Thorsten Fink’s men will have to be at their sharpest in Thursday’s football match if they are to beat AEL in the first leg of the Europa League third qualifying round. The Cypriotes have eliminated the likes of St Joseph’s and Progres Niederkorn on their way to round 3, but they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the tie against Austria Wien. The Violets are tough to beat at home and we would not be surprised if they record a hard-fought win over AEL on Thursday evening. It has to be noted that the two teams have never met before in European competitions.
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.