Austria Vienna hosts Fenerbahce in the first leg of the Europa League qualifying playoffs on Thursday 18 August. The Austrians are hoping for a positive home result before next week’s difficult trip to Istanbul. Austria Vienna vs Fenerbahce kick-off is scheduled for 21:00
Preview of the match Austria Vienna vs Fenerbahce: where are the two teams
Having not qualified for the group stage of any European competition since the 2017-18 season, Thursday’s match against Fenerbahce represents a great opportunity and opportunity for the Austria Vienna players. With Red Bull Salzburg dominating Austrian football with nine consecutive titles over the past decade, opportunities in European football have inevitably become more limited for Die Veilchen. They were the last team to break Salzburg’s death, winning the Austrian Bundesliga in 2012-13, before qualifying for the Champions League group stage in the following campaign. Since then, however, I have only made two appearances in the group stage of the Europa League, while third place last season was the highest finish in the last five years. Former Austria defender Ferdinand Feldhofer has had a strong impact since he took over as manager in November 2021, with the 42-year-old boasting a 45% win rate in 31 games to date. Feldhofer desperately hopes this stat will improve instead of regressing at the end of Thursday’s test against Fenerbahce.
Fenerbahce, on the other hand, only participated in the group stage of the Europa League last season, when they are ranked third behind Olympiacos and the final winners of Eintracht Frankfurt. After finishing second in last season’s Turkish Super Lig – their best finish in four years other than this – the yellow canaries have hired Jorge Jesus as their manager, with the 68-year-old bringing a string of European experiences and successes to the club. Despite the misfortune of losing to Dynamo Kiev after extra time in Champions League qualifying, Jesus clearly inherited to the talented team at his disposal above all, players after adding to the offense the likes of Joao Pedro, Emre Mor and Diego Rossi during the summer transfer window. Fenerbahce’s attacking skills were put on display during Monday’s 6-0 win against Kasimpasa, which was reduced to 10 men after just 16 minutes. Joshua King, Enner Valencia, Arda Guler and Mor all scored during the defeat. Until Jesus expects a much tougher test in Vienna on Thursday, there is no doubt his team has the potential to wipe out opponents if all goes well.
News from the teams
Austria Vienna appear to have a number of injury problems, with Johannes Handl (shoulder), Marko Rugaz (blow), Matan Baltaxa (ankle), Andreas Gruber, Ziad El Sheiwi (both knee), James Holland and Armand Smrcka (both ligament) who will not be present against Fenerbahce. Lucas Galvao was sent off during the 2-1 win against WSG Tirol, but the Brazilian midfielder is expected to keep his place as his disqualification will only apply to league games. Fenerbahce, on the other hand, has several form problems. The second ranking Turks will go to Vienna without Serdar Aziz (groin), Nazim Sangare (knee), Irfan Kahveci (blow), Mert Hakan Yandas (unknown) and the new Pedro (thigh). After obtaining a routine victory against Kasimpasa last Monday, Jesus was able to exit King and Valencia far ahead of time, while Rossi and Miguel Crespo were only used from the bench and should start starting.
Probable formations Austria Vienna vs Fenerbahce
Possible initial formation of Austria Vienna:
Fruchtl; Ranftl, Muhl, Galvao, Graca; Fischer, Braunoder, Wustinger, Huskovic; Fitz, Tabakovic
Fenerbahce possible initial line-up:
Bayindir; Osayi-Samuel, Henrique, Szalai, Kadioglu; Arao, Zajc, Crespo; Mor, King, Rossi
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