Osijek vs Austria Vienna
2017/18 UEFA Europa League Play-off
Date: Thursday, 17th August 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadion Gradski Vrt.
Osijek managed to create a huge upset by elimination Dutch giants PSV top reach the Europa League playoffs.
The draw awarded them with one of the easiest rivals for this stage of the competition as now they only need to go past Austria Vienna for the historical group phase appearance.
Zoran Zekic can be proud of the job he has done so far in the season with Osijek as the team not only went past Osijek in Europa League, but took four points from league outings with the likes of Dinamo Zagreb and Rijeka.
The hosts will come into this game with Austria on the back of a 2-3 victory over Lokomotiva Zagreb last weekend.
Petar Bockaj and Muzafer Ejupi are the men to look after, each with three goals so far in Europa League.
The visitors are looking to qualify for the group stage of the competition for the second year in a row as they played Roma, Astra and Viktoria Plzen in the last term of the competition.
Thorsten Fink’s side eliminated Cypriot AEL in the third qualifying round, but the German manager can’t be thrilled with the start of the new Bundesliga campaign as Austria took no more than four points from four opening fixtures.
Osijek vs Austria Vienna: Head to head
This is going to be the first head to head encounter between the two teams.
Osijek vs Austria Vienna: Prediction
Interestingly, the bookmakers see the Croats as 23/20 favourites to clinch the victory in the first leg in front of their fans.
We’d question the value of such bet given Austria’s much greater experience in stringer European matches as we’ll back the visitors to leave Stadion Gradski Vrt undefeated at the odds of 8/11 as the top betting option here.
Osijek vs Austria Vienna: Bet Tips
The main bet will be Austria Vienna or Draw Double Chance at the odds of 8/11 @ Unibet.
The second bet will be the draw at the half time at 1/1 @ Betfred.