Romania host Austria at the Ilie Oana stadium, Ploiești in the fourth round of their UEFA Nations League Group B1 fixture.
Romania won the reverse fixture 3-2 in September in a five-goal thriller and will be looking to complete the double over the Austrians in the midweek clash.
Austria are currently the joint leaders of the group with six points alongside Norway and their only defeat of the campaign came against Romania. Austria will therefore be eager to avenge their home defeat and return the favour when they travel to the Ilie Oana stadium.
It is a crucial fixture for both the sides as a win for Austria would virtually seal their top-two finish and condemn Romania to a knockout. On the other hand, Romania need a win to keep their hopes alive.
Romania vs Austria Head-to-Head
Romania and Austria have only met nine times across all competitions, despite their first reported encounter taking place in 1924. Of those nine fixtures, both countries have two games apiece and the remaining five ended in stalemates.
The Tricolorii came out on top in their latest meeting, inflicting a 3-2 loss on Austria on their own turf for the first time in history while Das Team‘s last win against Romania came in 2009. Romania have never lost a home game against Austria.
In terms of recent form, Austria are clear favourites as Romania were thrashed 4-0 in their latest Nations League match by Norway while Austria registered a comfortable 1-0 win over Northern Ireland.
Romania vs Austria Predicted XI
Romania Predicted XI (4-3-3): Ciprian Tatarusanu; Cristian Manea, Alin Tosca, Mihai Bălașa, Andrei Burca; Nicolae Stanciu, Alexandru Cretu, Alexandru Maxim; George Pușcaș, Denis Alibec, Ciprian Deac
Austria Predicted XI (4-3-3): Pavao Pervan; Stefan Lainer, Aleksandar Dragovic, Martin Hinteregger, David Alaba; Florian Grillitsch, Christoph Baumgartner, Florian Grillitsch; Xaver Schlager Michael Gregoritsch, Julian Baumgartlinger