Our football match prediction:
Despite recording a 3-2 win over Serbia, Austria have no chance of qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals. Das Team proved their worth in the come-from-behind triumph over the Eagles and it has to be noted that they were without eight first-team regulars in Friday’s football match against the Group D leaders. Austria want to finish their qualifying campaign with a win over Moldova and we predict that they will take Monday’s football game very seriously. The Moldovans have been struggling in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers and the rock-bottom team are unlikely to grab something from their last group game. A man to watch in the away team will be Marko Arnautovic, who impressed in the 3-2 triumph over Serbia. Taking everything into account, Austria are high on confidence ahead of the trip to Chisinau and away win should be considered.
Highligted Player (Gyorgy Garics):
Gyorgy Garics is a Hungarian-born footballer who plays for SV Darmstadt. Garics used to play for the likes of Rapid Vienna, Napoli, Atalanta and Bologna in the past and he joined the Bundesliga side on 14 August, 2015. The full-back made 21 appearances for the club in the 2015/2016 Bundesliga campaign, but he failed to find the net for Die Lilien in the German top flight. Garics was born in Szombathely, Hungary on 8 March, 1984, but he decided to play for the Austrian national team. He has 25 caps for Austria U21 and he made his debut for the senior team on 7 September, 2007 in a friendly against Japan. Despite making Austria Euro 2016 squad, he did not see any game action at the showpiece tournament in France. He played all 90 minutes against the Samurai Blue and it has to be noted that Austria defeated Japan on penalties back then. Gyorgy Garics is a right-back, but he is capable of playing as a right midfielder if needed.
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.