Our football match prediction:
Austria failed to impress in the 2016 European Championship finals, with the team failing to make it to the knockout stages of the showpiece tournament. Das Team aim to qualify for the 2018 World Cup finals as well, but seeing that they have been grouped with the likes of Serbia, Wales and Republic of Ireland, the Austrians are on a very difficult quest. Marcel Koller’s men face Slovakia in their last game in 2016 and they certainly want to give fans some cheer. Both coaches are likely to mix their squads in Tuesday’s football match and we predict that under 2.5 goals will be scored in the Ernst-Happel-Stadion game. You should bear in mind that seven goals in total were scored in previous three meetings between Austria and Slovakia on the international stage. When the two teams faced each other in Klagenfurt on 10 August 2011 Slovakia recorded a 2-1 win over Austria.
Highlighted Player (Arnautovic):
An Austrian footballer born on 19 April 1986, Marko Arnautovic represented a number of Austrian top sides on youth level, but it was at Twente that his professional career began. The winger needed a while to nail down a regular starting berth, but he impressed in his first full season to score 12 Eredivisie goals and earn a lucrative move to Inter Milan. The unprofessional behaviour seriously cut short his stay at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza, but the highly rated footballer was able to kick start his career at Werder Bremen. The successful spell in Bundesliga saw him secure a move to Stoke City, where he has played his best football up to date. A powerful footballer capable of scoring from distance, Arnautovic is able to operate as a winger, centre forward or attacking midfielder, and he has also impressed playing for the Austria national team. The forward scored 3 goals in the qualifying campaign to help Das Team qualify for the Euro 2016 finals, taking his total goal tally past 10 strikes.
Highlighted Team (Slovakia):
Slovakia only appeared on the international stage in 1993 as Czechoslovakia fell apart, and the new national team have yet to record a result worth mention. Repre have only qualified for two major tournaments so far, the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2016, but the current generation definitely seem capable of improving the team’s profile in years to come. Slovakia currently have quite a few players plying their trade in some of Europe’s top sides, with Marek Hamsik, Martin Skrtel and Juraj Kucka clearly the leaders of the national team at the moment, but they do struggle in some areas and are not exactly world beaters just yet. Under Vladimir Weiss and Jan Kozak, Slovakia have become a tough not to crack, relying on rock-solid back line and swift counter-attacks, and they even gave Spain a tough time during the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Miroslav Karhan and Robert Vittek are the most capped player and top goalscorer respectively, with Robert Vittek another player worth the mention.