Our prediction for this match:
Luxembourg and Austria go head to head at Stade Josy Barthel in a friendly international. Luxembourg recorded back-to-back wins over Cyprus and Montenegro in the Nations League last month, meaning that they are high on spirits ahead of Wednesday’s warm-up game. Luc Holtz’s men aim to claim yet another major scalp, but beating Austria behind closed doors is easier said than done.
A man to keep an eye on in the home team will be Dynamo Kiev attacker Gerson Rodriguez. The Austrians, on the other hand, will use this match to prepare in the best way possible for the Nations League clash against Northern Ireland. Marko Arnautovic is out of contention due to club duties, but Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders. In their last meeting in a friendly Austria crushed Luxembourg 4-0, and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted Player (Dave Turpel):
Born in Luxembourg on October 19, 1992, David Turpel is a striker who plays for F91 Dudelange. Over the years Turpel has established himself as a one of the best attackers in Luxembourg and he is likely to play an important role in Dino Toppmoller’s team in the 2018/2019 Europa League campaign.
David Turpel represents Luxembourg on the international stage and it has to be noted that he scored his first goal for the national team in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. Turpel found the net against Macedonia, but that did not help Luxembourg avoid defeat in Skopje. He scored his second goal for the Luxemborurg national team in a friendly against Albania in June, 2017.
Luxembourg eventually won the match 2-1. His preferred foot is right, whilst his main position is centre-forward. The 188cm-tall striker has 10 caps for Luxembourg U21 team, scoring one goal in the process.
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.