Europa League qualifying action takes place on Thursday evening, as Fenerbahce look to take control of their tie against Austria Wien. The Turkish side are the clear favourites in the betting to win away from home, but could the hosts produce a shock result?
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Fenerbahce will be looking to go one better than they managed last season in Europe, as they failed to qualify for the Europa Conference League, as they were knocked out in the playoff round by Slavia Prague. However, Fenerbahce did reach the group stages of the Europa League last term, but they could only finish third in their group.
The Turkish side have already been in action in the competition this season, as they needed to come through the third qualifying round. That pitted them against Slovacko, but they easily managed to pass that test as they won 4-1 on aggregate. Much of the heavy lifting was done in their home tie, as they beat their rivals 3-0. A 1-1 draw was played out in the return leg last week.
It has been a long time since Austria Wien last reached the group stages of a major European tournament. Their last appearance at that stage came in the 2017-18 season, as they were eliminated in the group stage of the Europa League.
The Austrian side enter the competition at this stage this season, but they certainly will need to raise their game based on the performances that they have put in domestically throughout this season. They currently sit 12th in the Austrian Bundesliga standings, and have won just once of their previous three fixtures. Fortunately, they could be hitting form at the right time, as their only win was recorded in their previous fixture against WSG Tirol over the weekend.
Austria Wien vs Fenerbahce Head to Head
Austria Wien and Fenerbahce are yet to meet in a European competition, which means that this will be an historic first meeting between the sides on Thursday.
Austria Wien vs Fenerbahce Prediction
Austria Wien’s form will be a big concern coming into this fixture, as they will need to raise their level based on the performances that we have seen in previous weeks. Therefore, the smart pick looks to be on Fenerbahce, who have already found their feet this season, and have been strong in front of goal already in the Europa League.
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