Our football match prediction:
Republic of Ireland did well to make it to the EURO 2016 knockout stages, but hosts France proved to be a big catch for the Boys in Green. Martin O’Neill is still in charge of the national team and he is on a quest to help Ireland qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. The Boys in Green have yet to suffer a loss in the process and it is no surprise they are regarded as favourites to win Sunday’s football match against Austria. Das Team have been playing below expectations in the WC qualifiers and seeing that they sit in fourth place in Group D, only a win counts for the visitors this time out. Both teams are likely to go for a win in the Aviva Stadium showdown and we predict that fans are going to see a lively contest in Dublin. Ireland recorded a 1-0 win over Austria in Vienna in the reverse fixture.
Highlighted Player (Long):
Shane Long is an Irish international striker who has so far made over 60 appearances for the Republic of Ireland national team, scoring more than 15 goals in the process. The forward began his professional career at Cork City, but only made one league appearance for the club ahead of the switch to Reading, where he would go on to spend next seven years. During that time, Long established himself as one of the best Irish strikers plying their trade in England, and also went on to represent West Bromwich Albion, Hull City and Southampton. Despite not exactly boasting an enviable goalscoring record for a centre forward, Long was always held in high regard by both managers and his peers, with his incredible work rate and never-say-die attitude winning him plenty of admirers. Long will also go down as one of the most prolific scorers in the history of the Republic of Ireland national team, which he represented at the Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 finals.
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.