Austria are set to face Croatia at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion on Sunday in the UEFA Nations League.

Austria come into this fixture after a 2-0 loss to Didier Deschamps’ France in their last game. Second-half goals from Paris Saint-Germain striker Kylian Mbappe and AC Milan striker Olivier Giroud secured victory for France.

Croatia, on the other hand, beat Kasper Hjulmand’s Denmark 2-1 in their last match. Goals from Stuttgart left-back Borna Sosa and Rennes midfielder Lovro Majer sealed the deal for Zlatko Dalic’s Croatia. Manchester United midfielder Christian Eriksen scored Denmark’s goal.


Austria vs Croatia head to head

In six direct confrontations between the two teams, Croatia hold the clear advantage. They won five games and lost one.

The two countries last faced each other earlier this year, with Austria beating Croatia 3-0. Goals from Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic, Freiburg striker Michael Gregoritsch and Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer secured victory for Austria.

Austria form guide: LDLDW

Croatia form guide: WWWDL


Austria vs Croatia Team News

Austria

Austria have named Real Madrid star David Alaba, Union Berlin right-back Christopher Trimmel, Red Bull Salzburg centre-back Maximilian Wober, Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, RB Leipzig Xaver Schlager and Bologna striker Marko Arnautovic. There could be a potential debut for Clermont Foot midfielder Muhammed Cham Saracevic.

Wolverhampton Wanderers striker Sasa Kalajdzic, RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer and Torino right-back Valentino Lazaro are all injured.

Injured: Sasa Kalajdzic, Konrad Laimer, Valentino Lazaro

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Croatia

Meanwhile, Croatia have included Rangers left-back Borna Barisic, AEK Athens centre-back Domagoj Vida, Chelsea midfielder Mateo Kovacic, Real Madrid superstar Luka Modric and Dinamo Zagreb strikers. Mislav Orsic and Bruno Petkovic.

Injured: None

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None


Austria vs Croatia XI planned

Austria Predicted XI (4-4-2): Heinz Lindner, Stefan Lainer, Philipp Lienhart, David Alaba, Maximilian Wober, Dejan Ljubicic, Christoph Baumgartner, Nicolas Seiwald, Marcel Sabitzer, Marko Arnautovic, Michael Gregoritsch

103&95 – Marko Arnautovic makes his 103rd international appearance for Austria today, equaling the record for most appearances previously held by Andreas Herzog. David Alaba makes his 95th appearance for Austria which sees him equal Toni Polster’s record. Brother. #FRAAUT https://t.co/5VHv7ijiIX

Croatia Predicted XI (4-3-3): Dominik Livakovic, Josip Juranovic, Domagoj Vida, Josko Gvardiol, Borna Sosa, Lovro Majer, Marcelo Brozovic, Luka Modric, Mario Pasalic, Andrej Kramaric, Nikola Vlasic


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Austria vs Croatia Prediction

Austrian manager Ralf Rangnick hopes to enjoy a better spell with his current team than with Manchester United. Austria has shown glimpses of Rangnick-ball, although recent results have not been positive.

Croatia, on the other hand, have extremely gifted footballers, especially in midfield. Luka Modric’s greatness has been well documented, while the likes of Andrej Kramaric, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic have all impressed in recent years.

Luka Modric (37) becomes the oldest outfield player to play in the Champions League for Real Madrid since Ferenc Puskas in 1965 🍷 https://t.co/voHoL4Mnnm

Croatia win here.

Prediction: Austria 1-2 Croatia


By Jordan