The hosts are heading into the match on the back of a 2-0 defeat to France on Thursday night, while Croatia got the better of Denmark 2-1 on the same day.
Austria will host Croatia in a UEFA Nations League fixture at the Ernst Happel stadion on Sunday night. The hosts are heading into the match on the back of a 2-0 defeat to France on Thursday night, while Croatia got the better of Denmark 2-1 on the same day. The victory helped the Blazers to move to the summit of League A Group 1 with ten points from five games, while Austria are sitting at the bottom of the four-team table, having collected just four points thus far. A victory in vienna will secure Croatia’s progress to the finals, while nothing less than three points will do for Das Team if they are to remain in the top division.
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Austria have managed to register just one win from their five Nations League games thus far, while three of the matches ended in defeats. In their last outing against France, Ralf Rangnick’s side conceded two times in the second half through Kylian Mpabbe and Olivier Giroud. The result meant that Das Team will need to take all three points against 2018 World Cup finalists on Sunday and hope that France will falter against Denmark in the other match of the day, to avoid relegation from the top tier.
Croatia, on the other hand, have one foot in the finals. The Checkered Ones have their faith in their own hands as a victory would ensure their qualification to the next round. The Blazers are just one point above second-placed Denmark but have a superior head-to-head record. In their last match against Denmark, Borna Sosa gave the lead to Croatia, four minutes into the second half, before Christian Eriksen equalised for Denmark, thirteen minutes from time. And then, two minutes later, Lovro Majer restored the Blazers’ lead and secured the win.
Austria centre-back Kevin Danso is back from suspension and will be available for Sunday’s game, while full-back Andreas Ulmer is doubtful because of gastrointestinal infection. Experienced duo of David Alaba and Marko Arnautovic have withdrawn because of fitness issues. As for Croatia, Tottenham Hotspur-man Ivan Perisic came off injured in the last game and the extent of the injury is unknown.
Austria probable starting lineup: Pentz, Trimmel, Lienhart, Danso, Wober, Sabitzer, Schlager, Siewald, Baumgartner, Onisiwo, Gregoritsch
Croatia probable starting lineup: Livakovic, Juranovic, Gvardiol, Sutalo, Sosa, Modric, Brozovic, Kovacic, Majer, Kramaric, Orsic
The Nations League match between Austria and Croatia will take place at Ernst Happel Stadion on Monday at 12:15 am IST.
|Austria vs Croatia||Key details|
|Date||September 25 (Austria)|
|Venue||Ernst Happel Stadion|
|Kickoff time in Austria||8:45 pm (Sunday)|
|Kickoff time in Croatia||8:45 pm (Sunday)|
For the football fans in India, the live telecast of the UEFA Nations League is available on the Sony Ten network. You can also live stream through SonyLIV App/ website and Jio TV. Besides, the supporters in Austria can watch the match between Austria and Croatia on ORF network; and Nova TV in Croatia.