Our football match prediction:
Austria will be looking to bounce back from a 3-2 loss to Serbia when they welcome Republic of Ireland at Ernst-Happel-Stadion on Saturday evening. Das Team missed a number of clear-cut chances to score in the defeats to Serbia and that is the main reason why we predict the hosts will grab something from the game against Republic of Ireland. The Boys in Green kicked of their World Cup qualifying campaign with a 2-2 draw against Serbia, but they managed to beat the likes of Georgia and Moldova in previous two qualifying matches. Martin O’Neal’s men are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Wien, but beating Austria on the road is easier said than done. The Austrians face a must-win situation in Saturday’s football match and we are positive that the hosts will go all guns blazing at the Boys in Green this time out. Taking everything into account, home win appears on the cards.
Highlighted Player (Fuchs):
Christian Fuchs is an Austrian defender born on 7th April 1986, who has gone on to become one of the most famous footballers in history of the national team. The left back played for Wiener Neustadt and SV Mattersburg on domestic stage before securing a high-profile move to Bochum in the summer of 2008. Fuchs played for VFL Bochum, Mainz and Schalke in Germany, putting in some strong showings, but it was a free transfer to then Premier League strugglers Leicester City that would make him a household name. The left-sided defender played an important role in the club’s transition from relegation strugglers to genuine title contenders, earning worldwide praise for his performances on the left hand side. Very strong in defensive tasks and possessing an excellent left foot, Fuchs has contributed to quite a few goals his teammates have scored over the years, and he has also become an indispensable member of the Austria national team that secured their place at the Euro 2016 finals in France in style, earning over 70 caps in the process.
Highlighted Team (Ireland):
Competing as an independent entity since 1953, Republic of Ireland have struggled to match the world’s best national teams ever since, although they did achieve several respectable results on the road. Their best ever result, the 1990 World Cup quarter-final, was achieved with a big smile from Lady Luck seeing that the Irish reached the last eight without winning a single match. They have since reached the last 16 stage at the 1994 and 2002 tournaments, while only qualifying for three European Championship finals (1988, 2012, 2016). The Irish were in the top 10 of the FIFA Rankings in 1993 and 1994, but have failed to repeat the success in the next twenty odd years, and it appears they are no closer to bridging the gap behind European powerhouses. Robbie Keane holds the record for most national team caps and goals at the same time, having bagged 67 in 143 appearances, whereas Niall Quinn, Steve Staunton, Damien Duff, Tony Cascarino and Don Givens are some of the other star players.