Our football match prediction:
Serbia will be aiming to secure automatic qualification for the 2018 World Cup finals with a win over Austria at Ernst-Happel-Stadion. The Eagles proved their worth in a hard-fought 1-0 win over Republic of Ireland in Dublin and they are certainly brimming with confidence ahead of Friday’s football match against Austria. Slavoljub Muslin’s men would not be too disappointed with one point from the game as well and they are likely to adopt a cautious approach in their penultimate group match. Das Team, on the other hand, have slim chances of booking their place in the play-offs, but they will surely go all guns blazing at Serbia. A lively contest appears on the cards and we predict that the two teams are going to play out a high-scoring draw at Ernst-Happel-Stadion. You should bear in mind that Serbia recorded a 3-2 win over Austria at Stadion Rajko Mitic in the reverse fixture.
Highlighted Player (Veli Kavlak):
Veli Kavlak is an Austrian international midfielder playing for Turkish giants Besiktas since 2011. Kavlak began his professional career at Rapid Wien where he spent seven years before his move to Turkey. A defensive box-to-box midfielder, Veli Kavlak is renowned for his tireless running and endless stamina. Most often deployed at the holding role, Kavlak is a hardworking leader to his team. During most recent times his career has been plagued by numerous injuries which have prevented him from playing his usual role for the Turkish giants. Former Rapid midfielder has endured a difficult season marked by a recurring shoulder problem which kept him out of action for the most part of the campaign. Fitness issues continued in the 2016-17 season forcing Kavlak under the knife for the fifth time in two years. His club notoriously decided to freeze Kavlak’s contract, which means that the 29-year-old midfielder is heading into the new Champions League season without his monthly payments.
Highlighted Team (Serbia):
Serbia have been playing as an independent nation since 2006. The Serbs made it to the 2010 FIFA World Cup finals and despite defeating star-studded Germany in the group stages of the showpiece tournament in South Africa, they eventually failed to book their place in the last 16. The Eagles, though, failed to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil as they experienced all sorts of problems in their qualifying group. A number of top-class footballers played for Serbia and former Manchester United defender Nemanja Vidic is regarded as one of the best players in the history of the Serbian national team. Vidic scored two goals in 56 appearances for Serbia and he announced his retirement from the national team on 24 October, 2011. The Eagles play their home game at Stadion Rajko Mitic and it has to be noted that they defeated Czech Republic 3-1 in their first international game under the name of Serbia. Serbia play their home games in red shirts and red shorts, while the colour of their away kit is white.