Our prediction for this match:
Austria Wien quickly bounced back from a 2-1 loss to Slavia Prague, with the team beating Banik Ostrava in their last warm-up game. The Violets aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration and seeing that they take on QPR in Wien, we believe that there is a big value in betting on the Austrian outfit. Talented Austrian midfielder Manprit Sarkaria scored the winner against Banik Ostrava, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay.
The Hoops, on the other hand, kick off pre-season on Friday evening and seeing that Austria Wien have already played two friendly games, we are tempted to put our money on Robert Ibertsberger’s troops. A man to watch in the English team will be Australia international Massimo Luongo, but the opposition defenders should have Luke Freeman at bay as well.
Highlighted Player (Toni Leistner):
The 28-year-old central defender Toni Leistner spent the majority of his professional career playing in native Germany, before arriving to Queens Park Rangers in 2018. Having made his professional debut in 2008 for his boyhood club SC Borea Dresden, Leistner enjoyed a mixed spell at a hometown club Dynamo Dresden before he was shipped out on loan to Hallescher FC in 2013.
It wasn’t until he arrived at Union Berlin in 2014 that his true colours were beginning to show. Four years and 115 league matches later, a towering right-sided defender arrived in England as one of the best centre-backs in the German second tier over the past couple of years.
Aston Villa were reportedly among the clubs looking to bring Leistner during the summer of 2018 but ended up being beaten to the punch by QPR who made the German defender a new captain heading into the 2018/19 campaign.
Highlighted Team (QPR):
Queens Park Rangers are well known as QPR. The capital club was founded in 1886 and Loftus Road Stadium is QPR’s ground. Loftus Road Stadium was opened in 1904 and the capacity of the venue 18,439. However, it has to be noted that no less than 35,353 spectators watched the game between QPR and Leeds on 27 April, 1974.
The Hoops finished the 1975/1976 First Division campaign in second position in the standings, just behind champions Liverpool. This is considered the club’s biggest success, but Queens Park Rangers made it to the FA Cup final in 1982 as well.
QPR were beaten by fellow capital club Tottenham Hotspur in the title game, but they did well to lift the League Cup trophy in 1967. Queens Park’s main rivals are Brentford, Chelsea and Fulham, but other clubs based in London are considered QPR’s rivals as well. The colour of QPR’s shirts is blue and white.