Our football match prediction:
Austria have already dropped a lot of points in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and Tuesday’s football match against Finland could help them regain a much-needed confidence. We predict that Das Team will take the game very seriously and it is well known that Marcel Koller’s troops are a real force to be reckoned with at home. Marko Arnautovic has been having his ups and downs in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign, but the former Werder Bremen man is fit and nothing else matters. Finland, on the other hand, suffered a 2-0 loss to Slovenia in their last friendly match and seeing that they have been struggling in the World Cup qualifiers, the visitors are unlikely to spoil Austria’s party at Tivoli Stadion Tirol in Innsbruck. Aforementioned attacker Marko Arnautovic is likely to pose a big threat for the opposition defenders, but Guido Burgstaller, who has been recalled to the national team, is capable of making life difficult for the Finland back-line as well.
Highlighted Player (David Alaba):
David Alaba started his youth career at SV Aspern and in 2002 he joined Austria Wien. Bayern Munich chiefs decided to sign him and he was promoted to the reserve team for the 2009/2010 campaign. He made 33 appearances for Bayern Munich II and he has been playing for the first team since 2010. At the age of 17 Alaba made his Champions League debut on 9 March, 2010 against Fiorentina. The Austrian international is a full back, but he is capable of playing as a left midfielder as well. He represented Austria at the 2016 European Championship finals in France, but das Team failed to impress at the showpiece tournament, suffering elimination in the group stages. David Alaba won his fifth Bundesliga title with Bayern in the 2015/2016 season and he clinched the Champions League trophy with FCB in 2013. Speaking of his individual honours, he was named Austrian Footballer of the Year in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Alaba was born in Wien on 24 June, 1992.
Highlighted Team (Austria):
Austria is one of Europe’s oldest national football teams and they enjoyed plenty of success during the 1930’s, earning the nickname Wunderteam in the process. Das Team achieved a fourth-place finish at the second World Cup in 1934, before finishing in third place at the 1954 finals. However, Austria have since participated at another five World Cup finals, never getting past the first knockout stage. Das Team were even more disappointing in the European Championship qualifying campaigns, failing to qualify for 12 straight tournaments before appearing at the 2008 finals as co-hosts. However, Austria made it to the Euro 2016 in style, winning nine of ten qualifiers to suggest the team may be on the path to return to old glory days. Former Bayern Munich midfielder Andreas Herzog is the team’s most capped footballer with 103 appearances, whereas Toni Polster is the most prolific striker with 44 goals in 95 outings. Matthias Sinderlar, Ernst Ocwirk, Herbert Prohaska and Hans Krankl are some of the most notable players to have represented Austria over the years.