Our prediction for this match:
Sparkles will be flying when Austria and Germany face each other in a highly-anticipated international friendly. Austria booked their spot at the 2024 Euro finals without any difficulties and they must be high on confidence following a routine 2-0 win over Estonia. Fit-again Inter striker Marko Arnautovic is widely expected to return to the starting XI, with Wolves forward Sasa Kalajdzic pushing for a start as well. As always, a man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Real Madrid defender David Alaba.
The Germans, on the other hand, aim to recover from a heart-breaking 3-2 loss to Turkey and given their attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on over 2.5 goals. As for the away team, fit-again Bayern Munich duo Serge Gnabry – Leon Goretzka should be recalled to the starting eleven. Leipzig goalkeeper Janis Blaswich is eager to make his Germany debut against Austria.
Highlighted Player (Leroy Sane):
Leroy Sane began his senior career at Schalke 04. The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as attacking midfielder as well, made his debut for die Knappen on 20 April, 2014 against Stuttgart. Sane came as a substitute in the second half of the match, replacing Max Mayer 13 minutes before the final whistle.
He scored 11 goals in 47 league appearances for Schalke and on 2 August, 2016 he signed a deal with big-spending Premier League side Manchester City. The former Schalke footballer joined the Citizens on a five-year deal for a fee of £37 million. Sane was born in Essen on 11 January, 1996, but his father is Senegalese.
Souleymane Sane used to play for the Senegalese national football team in the past, while his mother Regina Weber was a rhythmic gymnast. Speaking of his international career, Leroy Sane has 6 caps for Germany U21 and he made his debut for the senior team on 13 November, 2015 in a 2-0 loss to France.
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.