Austria and Poland will be aiming to kick start their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign with a win when the two teams face each other in the opening match at Ernst Happel Stadion, in Leopoldstadt, Vienna, Austria on Thursday night (IST).
What competition it is? UEFA Euro Qualifiers
Teams: Austria and Poland
Kick Off: Friday 22 March
Match Timing: 01:15 AM (IST)
Where the game is played? Ernst Happel Stadion (50,865)
TV Info: Ten Sports Network has the rights to stream UEFA Euro Qualifiers matches in India.
Austria had a disastrous Wolrd Cup qualifying campaign despite boasting a competitive squad in comparison to some other teams who earned a ticket to Russia last summer. They finished fourth in their group behind Serbia, Republic of Ireland, and Wales.
While the UEFA Nations League brought limited reasons to feel optimistic as they finished 2nd in a group which saw Bosnia topping it.
So in some sense, the Euro 2020 qualification gives the manager Franco Foda and his troops a chance to amend for their past failures.
The squad is capable though of qualifying for the Euro. The likes of Lazaro, Alaba, and Arnautovic are too good to miss out on yet another big tournament.
Poland, on the other hand, did manage to qualify for the World Cup last summer. But their journey was far less than impressive as they got knocked out from the group stage, winning just once and finishing last in the group.
The Polish were never the same after that disastrous campaign as they remain winless in the last six games.
But still, despite their stuttering form, Poland are the favorites to win the group.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Austria – W L W L D W
Poland – D D L L L D
POL vs AUT Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Austria vs Poland Team News:
Injured – Four players have withdrawn from Austria’s squad. Philipp Leinhart, Michael Gregoritsch, Guido Burgstaller, and Hannes Wolf won’t be involved in the upcoming two matches.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Marko Arnautovic is expected to lead his nation despite not doing the same with West Ham in the recent matches. One player who could make his debut here is Kevin Stoger. The 25-year-old Fortuna Düsseldorf midfielder has bee starring for his club in Bundesliga.
Key Players – Marko Arnautovic, Valentino Lazaro
Here is the Austria squad for the upcoming fixtures:
Injured – Maciej Rybus remains the only player missing out with an injury.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – None.
Note: Head-coach Jerzy Brzeczek has the luxury of a fully-fit squad available at his disposal. He has done so, selecting all the big guns for the upcoming two games.
However, the big issue for him is how to get the best out of all the attacking players. Krzystof Piatek is in good form for AC Milan, whether he plays alongside Robert Lewandowski is a big question. But the Milan striker will get his chance and that’s not a doubt. If he starts, Arkadiusz Milik may be the man giving way in the starting line-up.
Key Players – Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik
Here is the Poland squad for the upcoming international fixture:
POL vs AUT Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Austria– Linder (GK), Alaba, Lainer, Dragovic, Martin Hinteregger, Grillitsch, Baumgartlinger, Sabitzer, Stoger, Lazaro, Arnautovic
Poland– Szczesny (GK), Bereszynski, Bednarek, Glik, Reca, Linetty, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Klich, Zielinski, Milik, Lewandowski
POL vs AUT Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
This is a very important fixture for both the teams and the one which could potentially decide the group winner. That said, the group is relatively easy with the teams like Latvia, Macedonia, Slovenia, and Israel in it. So their head to head games ciuld decide who tops it.
Austria have the home advantage in this match, while Poland have the experience and greater attacking threat on their roster. We think both the teams will be happy to take the point here and we back a score draw.
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