Videoton vs Sturm – Match Preview

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Written by Tomasz Mortimer

Videoton vs Sturm kicks off at 20:30 (CET) and is live on Bet 365

Looking to overturn a 2-0 deficit, Videoton tonight will play host to Sturm Graz of Austria in the second leg of the Champions League 2nd Qualifying Round.

The first leg in Austria was a fairly even affair with very few chances for each team, but goals from Hungarian international Imre Szabics and Ronan Kienast left Vidi with a mountain to climb ahead of the return leg in Székesfehérvár.

Tonight should be a much more open game, not to say the first leg wasn’t, with Vidi looking to grab an early goal to get them back in the tie. However the Hungarians can’t leave themselves too open at the back knowing that one goal from Sturm effectively kills the tie, and Paulo Sousa certainly hasn’t given up on Europe just yet.

“I know it will be difficult but nothing is impossible in football. When I was at Juventus in 1996, we lost to Real Madrid 1-0 in the first leg. Pundits and critics wrote us off ahead of the return game in Torino, but we won 2-0 and went on to win the European Cup. I believe in front of our 10,000 strong fans tonight, that we can still go through.”

However Vidi’s chances won’t be helped by fit again Ronan Kienast looking likely to start for Sturm, after only starting on the bench last week.

Coming off the back of a 1-1 draw against Ried on Saturday, Sturm’s side will probably be unchanged from the weekend. Coach Franco Foda spoke to the official club website ahead of the game, “”So far we have played two good halves, over two games, but now we need to put those two good halves into one game. We need to be snappy, take the initiative, and not sit back on our lawrels.”

Unlike Sturm, Vidi didn’t play at the weekend after the MLSZ granted them permission to concentrate solely on tonight’s game which could give them the important edge over their Austrian opponents.

Vidi are expected to revert back to a 4-4-2 for tonights game with Nemanja Nikolics looking likely to partner Andre Alves up front.

Tonight’s game can go either way, but with Videoton not being able to grab that away goal last week, it looks very much like the Austrian will progress to the 3rd Qualifying Round.

Videoton XI: Tujvel – Brachi, Lipták, Horváth, Hector – Nagy, Mitrovics, Sándor, Elek, Gosztonyi – Alves

Sturm Graz XI :Gratzei-Standfest, Bürgstaller, Pürcher-Koch, Feldhofer, Weber, Hölzl-Muratovic, Szabics 

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