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Austria vs Turkey, UEFA Euro 2024, Today Match Prediction

Red Bull Arena, Leipzig

Austria Aims to Outmuscle Young Turkish Squad

  • Turkey leads the head-to-head record against Austria with 4 wins to Austria's 2, with 1 draw in their last 7 encounters.
  • Youngster Arda Guler, with 2 goals in his last 4 matches for Turkey, is their key player.
  • Marko Arnautovic, who has netted 10 goals in his last 18 major European matches for Austria is a major threat on the offensive end.

Austria to Win (2-1)

Tournament: UEFA Euro 2024 | Venue: Red Bull Arena, Leipzig

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Two dark horses, Austria and Turkey, will clash in a must-watch encounter that could propel them towards becoming top footballing nations. 

Austria has been answering the call lately, with a string of impressive victories. They defeated neighboring powerhouse Netherlands 3-2 and have only lost once in their last 10 matches. These victories include a 2-0 win over Germany, a 3-1 triumph against Poland, and a 2-0 defeat of Italy.  In their quest to become a force to be reckoned with, like Croatia, they must first overcome Turkey to reach the quarterfinals.

Turkey, reminiscent of their early 2000s dominance, has displayed immense progress. Their impressive 2-1 victory over the Czech Republic team exemplifies this growth. Winning two out of their three group stage matches was crucial after a recent dip in form, where they won only one in four games (including victories over Croatia 1-0, Germany 3-2, and Wales 2-0).

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Austria, having qualified for their second ever round of 16 in the past three tournaments, has displayed a fighting spirit and determination to succeed.  Their 3-2 win over the Netherlands is a testament to their ambition. Leading the charge is captain Marko Arnautovic, a prolific scorer with 37 goals in 115 caps for Austria and a strong showing this year with 5 goals and 3 assists for Inter Milan.

In midfield, a dynamic duo of Marcel Sabitzer (Dortmund) and Christoph Baumgartner (RB Leipzig) has emerged, creating havoc for opposing defenses. Sabitzer boasts 5 goals and 8 assists in all competitions this season, while Baumgartner has contributed 5 goals and 3 assists. Adding to the offensive firepower is Konrad Laimer (Bayern Munich), a versatile threat who can score (2 goals in qualifiers) and defend effectively (3 assists). 

Defensively, goalkeeper Patrick Pentz (Brondby) provides a strong last line with 10 clean sheets in his last 10 caps.  Austria's backline is further solidified by experienced defenders Kevin Danso (22 caps) and Stefan Posch (35 caps). With a well-rounded squad, Austria has the potential to make a deep run in the tournament. 

Austria Projected Lineup - Patrick Pentz (Goalkeeper), Philipp Mwene, Kevin Danso, Philipp Lienhart, Stefan Posch (Defenders), Florian Grillitsch, Nicolas Seiwald, Marcel Sabitzer, Konrad Laimer, Christoph Baumgartner (Midfielders), Marko Arnautovic (Forward)

Injuries - Patrick Wimmer(Suspension), Gernot Trauner(Hamstring)

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For Turkey, a victory in this match is crucial to restore their confidence after a slump over the past few months. Their head captain, Hakan Calhangolu, will be absent due to suspension. However, Turkey has a rising star in Orkun Kokcu, Benfica's midfielder with an impressive record of 7 goals and 8 assists this year. His growing international presence will be key for Turkey's attack.

Partnering Kokcu in midfield is the young prodigy Arda Guler, already making waves at Real Madrid with 6 goals in 10 matches. He has also shown his international prowess with 2 goals in Euro competitions. Completing the midfield trio is Ismail Yulsek, whose creativity from Fenerbahce (4 assists) promises a great "pass-finish combo" with the other two. This strong midfield allows striker Baris Yilmaz, already on form with Galatasaray (6 goals, 6 assists), to thrive. Defenders are often preoccupied with the midfielders, creating more space for Yilmaz to exploit.

One potential weakness lies with Kenan Yildiz, who has only managed one goal in 10 matches. However, the backline boasts experienced defenders like Merih Demiral (47 caps, 2 goals) and Ferdi Erenay Kadioglu (18 caps, 146 starts for Fenerbahce) who can effectively keep the ball away from danger zones. Completing this solid defensive unit is goalkeeper Fehmi Mert Gunok, whose consistent goalkeeping prowess can prove decisive for Turkey's success.

Turkey Projected Lineup - Fehmi Mert Gunok(Goalkeeper), Ferdi Erenay Kadioglu, Merih Demiral, Abdulkerim Bardakci, Mert Muldur(Defenders), Kaan Ayhan, İsmail Yüksek, Kenan Yildiz, Orkun Kokcu, Arda Guler(Midfielders), Baris Yilmaz(Forward)

Injuries - Samet Akaydin(Suspension), Ugurcan Cakir(Suspension), Hakan Calhanoglu(Suspension) 

This match promises to be a close contest, with both teams boasting talented players. However, a key difference might lie in their experience against top competition. While Turkey enjoyed success in the past, their recent victory over the Czech Republic (considered a second-tier team) might not fully prepare them for this clash.

Austria possesses a clear advantage in terms of playing experience. Their forwards, like Marko Arnautovic, face top defenders regularly in Serie A, which could give them an edge in pace against the Turkish defense.  

Furthermore, Austria's midfield trio of Florian Grillitsch, Marcel Sabitzer, and potentially Philip Mwene or Nicolas Seiwald could dominate possession with their athleticism and tactical awareness. This could put pressure on inexperienced Turkish defenders like Mert Muldur and Abdulkerim Bardakci.

Turkey's hope might rest on the young prodigy Arda Guler, who can provide a spark with his talent. However, Austria's overall experience and well-drilled midfield could prove to be the deciding factor.

Austria to Win (2-1)

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Author: Vishnu Reddy