FIFA U-20 World Cup hosts Canada have jetted across country to Edmonton and head coach Dale Mitchell will be hoping for better luck than they had in Toronto, where they lost their opening Group A match against Chile 3-0. Austria, meanwhile, are determined to get their first victory on the board at the Commonwealth Stadium after a 1-1 draw with Congo.
Canada have got a lot to prove after the Chile defeat and the Austria clash will go a long way to determining their fate at this tournament. Austria will be hoping to finish this encounter as strong as they started against African champions Congo as they went ahead early on but spent most of the second half on the back foot.
Mitchell is considering changes "to freshen things up" after what he admitted was a tiring experience as his side chased Chile to no avail on Sunday. The long-distance flight is another reason why he feels new faces might be necessary, although his team have had 24 hours longer to recover than Austria. The Austrians will be without midfielder Thomas Hinum as he has been ill with a high temperature and is not expected to recover in time.
This is the first competitive meeting between Austria and Canada at youth level, though the senior sides have faced each other once, with the Canadians winning that friendly in Vienna 2-0 in March 2006.
"Austria have a lot of quality in their team but Chile caused us many problems playing interchanging positions with a 3-4-3 formation that you don't normally see at international level, so I'm hopeful that we will match up better against Austria. From an offensive point of view I don't think they will cause us the same amount of difficulties but we also have to find ways to open them up." Dale Mitchell, Canada coach.
"We got a little bit tired against Congo because of the pressure we created early on and we had problems keeping the ball. That's what we have to improve on against Canada." Andreas Herzog, Austria national team assistant coach.
"Austria are going to battle for everything so we will have to bring our 'A' game and show the kind of passion and determination that we weren't able to in the first match." Asmir Begovic, Canada goalkeeper.
"We still have six points to play for to get through the group stage. I think this will be a better match for us because we play more of a European-type game like Austria." Jaime Peters, Canada midfielder.
"Scoring against Congo was a great start for me, but I would have gladly swapped that for getting three points instead of one. Maybe we will have more chances against Canada because they will be under pressure playing at home." Erwin Hoffer, Austria striker.