Portugal VS Austria Prediction
Last game from the second round in UEFA Euro 2016 group stage meets two of the nations who are surely regretful about their opening matches – Portugal and Austria. “Parc des Princes” will host the fourth Group F fixture which may be with certain circumstances for the one who losses it, if some of the teams lose here, of course.
Portugal at Euro 2016 – team news and selection
Portugal dominated against Iceland as “The Selecção” held the initiative but their poor finishing cost them the full asset of points against the motivated Nordic country. Few days later Fernando Santos’ men must display effort on another level, with better finishing and all looks are surely towards Cristiano Ronaldo, who had a verbal skirmish with the Icelandic team and perhaps he should talk less, while contributing more for his team. Indeed, Ronaldo must talk with his actions on the field and after the 2014 FIFA World Cup failure, we expect much more by Portugal and mostly by their superstar, who looks to score on fourth consecutive European Championship. Now he has the opportunity to become the first one who achieved this record since Zlatan Ibrahimovic already missed to claim it, so it’s again Ronaldo’s turn.
Fernando Santos has full squad available but still rotations are expected to happen. The 38-year-old central defender Ricardo Carvalho may give way to José Fonte, who’ll need more time to recover for another 90 minutes, in which Austria will most likely show more attacking oriented approach than Iceland.
Right back Vieirinha could also be set for the chop after he was at fault for Iceland’s equalizer and he’s in contention for that position with Cédric Soares. So if Santos plans some changes, then including two defenders from English Southampton looks like a proper decision, as Fonte and Cédric Soares are teammates in the EPL and they’ll both operate on right side of Portugal’s defensive four. Respectively Fonte will take the right centre-back position, while Soares is right defender as we already wrote. Moreover, he’s typical right-defender while Vieirinha played bigger part of his career as a winger.
One last question – will Fernando Santos name the same midfield line in a 4-3-1-2 formation or he’ll start with attacking trio Ronaldo, Nani, Quaresma in a 4-3-3 formation? Our expectations are for the first option but some changes are likely to happen in midfield, where Bayern Munich’s new signing Renato Sanches became Portugal’s youngest ever player to feature in a major competition and he may challenge someone between Danilo Pereira and João Moutinho for a starting call.
Austria at Euro 2016 – team news and selection
Austria is surely frustrated by the 0:2 defeat from Hungary, especially after their Euro 2016 could been opened in a completely different way with David Alaba’s first minute shot. However, “Das Team” lost again and Marcel Koller’s men are yet looking to achieve Austria’s first ever success on European Championship finals. They carried huge expectations after ending on top of their qualifying group where they lost only two points and after 9 wins and just 1 draw, Austria gave serious request for something more.
Now Austria is in completely different mood and Marcel Koller has important decision to take – Dynamo Kyiv’s centre back Aleksandar Dragović after was sent off in their first Euro 2016 match and Tottenham Hotspur’s Kevin Wimmer is expected to fill the gap. Another Premier League name can pretend to taking the second centre-back role as well, as Watford’s Sebastian Prödl is the one with bigger experience from both Austrian defenders in contention.
Austrian top scorer Marc Janko overcame its back injury to start against Hungary but he was subbed off just after a bit more than a hour mark. His central forward position is in doubt here and this can be a huge blow for the attacking potential of “Das Team”.
Marcel Koller was the coach who stuck to the most consistent starting XI among all Euro 2016 teams and this definitely brings positives, but it also makes Austrian team quite predictable. Now he’s forced to make some rotations and this isn’t the most appropriate moment though.
Euro 2016: Portugal vs Austria – Possible squads and betting prediction
Portugal couldn’t meet the expectations during their Euro 2016 opener and this may add some weight on their shoulder but at the same time they can’t complain from lack of class in the squad. Actually Portugal are our favorites (and not only ours) for this one as Austria have shown they haven’t took their lesson from the home competition 8 years ago.
Expecting Portugal to bounce back after the lost opportunity against Iceland and Fernando Santos’ men can claim all the points tonight.
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli from Italy.
Assistant referees and fourth official: Elenito Di Laberatore, Mauro Tonolini (Italy) and Alexandru Tudor (Romania).
Venue: “Parc des Princes”, Paris.
Possible starting squads of Portugal and Austria
Portugal: Rui Patrício – Cédric Soares, Jose Fonte, Pepe, Raphaël Guerreiro – Andre Gomes, Danilo Pereira, João Mário – João Moutinho – Nani, Cristiano Ronaldo (c). (4-3-1-2)
Austria: Robert Almer – Florian Klein, Martin Hinteregger, Kevin Wimmer, Christian Fuchs (c) – Julian Baumgartlinger, David Alaba – Martin Harnik, Zlatko Junuzovic, Marko Arnautovic – Marc Janko. (4-2-3-1)