Our football match prediction:
Austria Wien did well to come from behind and beat Osijek at Stadion Gradski vrt, but you should bear in mind that the Croats missed a penalty to double their lead in the 20th minute of the match. Anyhow, the Austrian side moved one step closer to advancing to the Europa League group stages and they aim to get their job done in Thursday’s football match at their NV Arena. Thorsten Fink’s charges recorded a 2-0 win over LASK Linz in their last home game in the Austrian Bundesliga and seeing that Osijek head into the return leg with the lack of confidence, we predict that the hosts will emerge triumphant in Thursday’s clash. The Croats did well to eliminate PSV earlier in the process, but they obviously have a big fish to fry in the tie against Austria Wien. Christoph Monschein found the net in the first leg, meaning that Osijek defenders should have him at bay.
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.