Austria will face Poland at Ernst Happel Stadion, in Viena, in UEFA Europe 2020 Qualification 1th Round. Austria against Poland is the match with big interest because of great National squads and great perspectives in Qualification. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
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FIFA Rating – 23
The national team from Austria finished at second place in UEFA Nations League, as a result, saved their position in League B. They lost only once and have drawn against Bosnia & Herzegovina. In total, they scored 3 and conceded 2 goals in 4 matches. In the year 2018, they played 11 matches in different competitions including friendly games. At home, they lost only once against super combined Brasil national squad with 0:3 result. Austria is playing very strong in defense, especially at home ground. As a result, in the year2018, they conceded 4 goals in total against Brasil and Germany. Moreover, all other games they won or played a draw without conceding any goals.
Austria as to every competition called up very strong and perspective squad, moreover, they will start the tournament from home game. Their players mostly are from Austria and Germany’s Bundesliga, although, they play on the highest level and in mostly in strongest leagues. One of the squad leaders Marko Arnautovic is the leading person in West Ham United in English Premier League and could cause troubles to almost all strongest defenses in the world. In addition, he just got back to the squad after an injury. Unfortunately, Philipp Lienhart, Hannes Wolf, Guido Burgstaller and Michael Gregoritsch will miss the match due to injuries.
Heinz Lindner; Cican Stankovic; Richard Strebinger;
David Alaba; Aleksandar Dragovic; Martin Hinteregger; Stefan Lainer; Sebastian Prödl; Andreas Ulmer; Philipp Lienhart; Stefan Posch;
Julian Baumgartlinger; Florian Grillitsch; Stefan Ilsanker; Konrad Laimer; Valentino Lazaro; Xaver Schlager; Hannes Wolf; Peter Zulj; Guido Burgstaller;
Florian Kainz; Marcel Sabitzer; Marko Arnautovic; Michael Gregoritsch;
FIFA Rating – 20
After very strong football and 1st place in World Cup qualification, Poland has dropped their for very strongly. In contrast to 2017, their game last year was very unimpressive. They played in one group with Italy and Portugal in League A of UEFA Nations League, finally, dropped to League B. Most interesting is that they played road games better than at home ground. They lost at home to Italy 0:1 and 2:3 to Portugal, however, they have drawn against them in away matches. Moreover, in the year 2018, Poland played 13 matches in different competitions including friendly games, winning only 3 of them. In addition, Poland won 7 games and have drawn 5.
Of course, The Eagles have a great and experienced squad with great perspectives. They can be favorites to go further and take the highest place on the table, however, firstly they need to get up from this bad form and show everything they can.
Lukasz Fabianski; Lukasz Skorupski; Wojciech Szczesny;
Jan Bednarek; Thiago Cionek; Robert Gumny; Artur Jedrzejczyk; Marcin Kaminski; Tomasz Kedziora; Michal Pazdan;
Bartosz Bereszynski; Kamil Glik; Arkadiusz Reca; Jakub Blaszczykowski; Przemyslaw Frankowski; Jacek Góralski; Damian Kadzior; Mateusz Klich; Grzegorz Krychowiak; Karol Linetty; Damian Szymanski; Piotr Zielinski; Szymon Zurkowski;
Kamil Grosicki; Dawid Kownacki; Robert Lewandowski; Arkadiusz Milik; Krzysztof Piatek
Last time these teams met was a long time ago. Then both teams got to the European Championship, however, both remained at 3 and 4 places after losing against Germany and Croatia, although, playing a draw between themselves. Moreover, they met earlier in the qualification for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. At that time, Poland twice beat Austria in resultative matches and eventually got into the main tournament. Both teams have strong and weak sides, however, they should show their passion and desire to be among the greatest teams in the world.