Austria host Romania at Wörthersee Stadion in the UEFA Nations League on Monday. The Austrians were dominant in their opening match, Romania throwing away two points against 10 men.
Austria qualified for the European Championship, finishing second in Group G. Franco Foda’s side won six and drew three of their 10 matches with one draw.
Austria got off to a winning start in the UEFA Nations League after a 2-1 victory in Norway. Goals to Michael Gregoritsch and Marcel Sabitzer established a 2-0 lead and they hung on for a well deserved win.
Austria had 60% possession and 17-3 shots, impressive stats on the road.
Austria Team News
Bayern Munich defender David Alaba misses out alongside midfielders Valentino Lazaro, Florian Kainz and Konrad Laimer. Shanghai SIPG striker Marko Arnautović wasn’t called up.
Much of the squad play in the German Bundesliga or Austrian Bundesliga. Defence is average without David Alaba but a strong midfield and flair available from Leipzig’s Marcel Sabitzer.
Goalkeepers: Cican Stanković, Pavao Pervan, Alexander Schlager
Defenders: Aleksandar Dragović, Martin Hinteregger, Stefan Lainer, Andreas Ulmer, Christopher Trimmel, Maximilian Wöber, Stefan Posch, Philipp Lienhart
Midfielders: Julian Baumgartlinger (captain), Stefan Ilsanker, Florian Grillitsch, Xaver Schlager, Peter Žulj, Reinhold Ranftl, Christoph Baumgartner
Forwards: Marcel Sabitzer, Michael Gregoritsch, Karim Onisiwo, Adrian Grbić, Christoph Monschein
Romania failed to qualify for the European Championship. They finished fourth in Group F, 12 points behind Spain and 7 points behind Sweden.
Mirel Radoi’s won four and lost four of their 10 matches with two draws. Their last two resulted in a 2-0 loss against Sweden and 5-0 defeat in Spain.
The Tricolours began the new Nations League season with a 1-1 draw against Northern Ireland. George Puscas opened the scoring before the visitors were reduced to 10 men.
Romania couldn’t make their advantage count, conceding an 86th minute equaliser with two points down the drain.
Romania Team News
The experienced players in the Romania squad include goalkeeper Ciprian Tătărușanu and central defender Vlad Chiricheș.
Much of their play is focused through Rangers attacking midfielder Ianis Hagi and Reading striker George Pușcaș.
Goalkeepers: Ciprian Tătărușanu, Florin Niță, David Lazar
Defenders: Vlad Chiricheș, Dragoș Grigore, Alin Toșca, Nicușor Bancu, Ionuț Nedelcearu, Sergiu Hanca, Florin Ștefan, Andrei Burcă
Midfielders: Alexandru Maxim, Nicolae Stanciu, Ciprian Deac, Ianis Hagi, Alexandru Cicâldău, Dan Nistor, Alexandru Crețu
Forwards: George Pușcaș, Denis Alibec, Florinel Coman, Sergiu Buș, Gabriel Iancu
Austria vs Romania Head to Head
Austria have a 2-1 advantage against Romania with five draw in 8 matches. They last met in the 2010 World Cup qualifiers.
Austria won 2-1 in Klagenfurt before a 1-1 draw in Ghencea.
Austria vs Romania Odds
Austria are 1.75 favourites at Unibet with Romania listed at 5.00 across the board. A draw can be backed at 3.70.
Austria vs Romania Stats
- Austria have won 6 of their last 8 matches (UEFA European Championship qualifiers).
- Austria have seen over 2.5 goals in 4 of their last 7 matches (UEFA European Championship qualifiers).
- Austria have won 3 of their last 4 matches (UEFA Nations League).
- Romania lost by 2+ goals in their last 2 matches (UEFA European Championship qualifiers).