Our prediction for this match:
Austria missed out on a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals, but they will certainly leave their hearts on the field in Sunday’s football match against Brazil as this is expected to be a real football festival. Marko Arnautovic is undisputedly the team’s key player, but Bayern Munchen ace David Alaba could pose a big threat for the Selecao defenders as well. The Brazilians have the biggest possible ambitions for the upcoming showpiece tournament and the good news for the fans is that Neymar is going to recover in time to face Switzerland in their World Cup opener. Dani Alves misses both the Austria game at the World Cup finals with injury, but seeing that coach Tite has a number of top-class players to choose from, away win should be considered. In each of their previous four meetings on the international stage Brazil emerge triumphant and there is every chance the history will repeat itself.
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 (Brazil):
One of the most decorated teams in world football, Selecao have also been regarded as one of the most attractive and exciting teams with glowing reputation preceding them. Members of the CONMEBOL confederation, Brazil have played their first international in 1914 losing to bitter rivals Argentina with a comfortable 3-0 margin.
Brazil is the most successful nation in the FIFA World Cup with five championship title to their name. However, Selecao failed to advance past the quarter-finals of the last two tournaments last winning their World Cup in 2002. Their last title was the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup and the star-studded team will be looking to get back to winning ways at this year’s historic Copa America Centenario in the United States.
Legendary Pele is Brazil’s top scorer with 77 goals to his name, while the team’s biggest star of the modern era Barcelona forward Neymar is sitting in fifth place having so far netted 46.