AC Wolfsberger – Admira SOCCER PICKS
Before the first international break in calendar year 2019, the basic round will be completed in the Austrian Bundesliga. The 22nd matchday is on the program, then divides the Twelve League in a master and a relegation playoff. Four of the six tickets for the championship round are already taken, the last two places will be played on Sunday at 5 pm. The best chances of the Wolfsberger AC. In front of his own audience, Wolfsberg meets Admira!
The home side have the top six in their own hands and the team of head coach Christian Ilzer would already fix the championship round with a point win against the table tenants. In case of a defeat, the elf from the Lavanttal relies on the help of a rider. The guests from the Südstadt are in the spring of 2019 so far the positive surprise and travel with a wide chest to Wolfsberg.
The Admira can be described as the positive surprise in the calendar year 2019, this certainly applies to the fall of 2018 at the WAC. Under Neo-trainer Christian Ilzer played the Wolfsberger an excellent autumn. With the exception of matchday one and six, the WAC was always ranked among the top six in the Austrian Bundesliga. The ticket for the championship round was handed over lightly last weekend. In the duel with promoted Hartberg – the ex-team of WAC coach Ilzer – Wolfsberg had to settle for a 1-1 draw. The WAC delivered a real fireworks display, especially in the first half, and created countless opportunities. The 1-0 lead by a shot on goal by winger Christopher Wernitznig was far too little, even a 4-0 would have been quite possible. After a hard yellow-red card against Marcel Ritzmaier began the shaking. An incredible mistake by goalkeeper Alexander Kofler finally made up for the equalizer. A 1-1 draw that felt like a defeat. The WAC remained so seven times in series in the Bundesliga without “threes” (five draws, two defeats).
With 29 points from 21 games, the WAC is currently ranked fifth and has three points (and four goals) ahead of the Austrian record champion SK Rapid Vienna. In the ideal case, Wolfsberg could actually allow a defeat. Left-back Lukas Schmitz demands from his teammates highest professionalism and a play with brains. The right balance between offense and defense will be extremely important. In the domestic stadium, however, the Ilzer-Elf suffered only defeat this season against Red Bull Salzburg and TSV Hartberg (match nine and ten). In the last five home games two wins were celebrated; three games ended in a draw.
In addition to the suspended Marcel Ritzmaier Ilzer must also do without on Sunday afternoon on offensive player Marc-Andre Schmerböck. With six goals this season, he is the second best scorer at WAC, his failure hurts in any case.
The Elf from the Südstadt can look back on a catastrophic autumn. The Admira collected in eleven league games just eleven lean points and thus wintered at the bottom of the table. After the Admira could establish itself in the midfield of the table in recent years, the club had to cope with a major bloodletting last summer. A situation that recurs every year at Admira. The Lower Austrians have an excellent reputation and are the perfect example of a training association. Several youngsters are thrown into the cold water and can play in the Austrian Bundesliga in the limelight.
After a break, however, it will take a little time until the new hierarchy is formed. The winter break was of great importance to the team of German head coach Reiner Geyer. The Admira in 2019 is by no means comparable to the team from the fall of 2018. In the process, not much has changed in terms of personnel, and basically only returnee Christoph Schösswendter is new to the squad. The 30-year-old is worth his gold and has been able to stabilize the defensive.
In the winter break excellent work was done. In the first three league games celebrated the Südstädter consistently three wins, thus leaving the table. In this condition, the Admira in the lower play-off will have nothing to do with the descent. Last weekend, the Admira also proved great morale in the derby against SKN Sankt Pölten. Despite equalizing in the 90th minute, the victory was still enforced. Fullback Emanuel Aiwu fixed his victory with his second goal in the 93rd minute. However, on Sunday Aiwu will miss due to a yellow card suspension. With Fabio Strauss and Bjarne Thoelke two more defenders fall out due to injury. Despite these failures, the Admira in the Lavanttal can be trusted. Between Wolfsberg and the Admira a win for the away win is certainly a bit risky, but the chance, at least for a point win, is great.