Sturm Graz and Rapid Wien meet at Merkur Arena, in a match for the 2nd round of the Bundesliga. The record of direct confrontations at this stadium is favorable to the visiting team, which in the last 10 matches won 4, tied 4 and lost 2. Indeed, the last time these two teams met at this stadium was on 06-28-2020 , in a match for the Bundesliga that ended with Rapid Wien’s victory (2‑3).
Sturm Graz :
The home team comes to this 2nd round after the draw (0‑0) in the first match for the league, against St. Pölten. In the last 10 home matches for all competitions, Sturm Graz won 5, drew 2 and lost 3. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, But their attack has scored regularly, having scored goals in 7 of the last 10 games. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 27 of the last 31 matches have ended with Over 1.5 goals and 22 out of 31 have ended with Over 2.5 goals.
Sturm Graz enters this day after a zero draw with St. Polten, scoring the first point in this Austrian championship. We recall that the home team has recently advanced in the Austrian Cup, beating Innsbruck 8-0. In this match against leader Rapid Vienna, coach Christian Ilzer must hold 4-4-2, with Bekim Balaj and Kevin Friesenbichler leading the team. For this game the coach of the house cannot count on Vincent Trummer, due to physical problems.
The away team comes to this 2 nd round, after the victory in its premiere in the league, against Admira, by (4‑1) The team comes to this match after an away loss against Gent by (2‑1) . In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, Rapid Wien won 4, drew 3 and lost 3. Their attack has scored regularly, scoring goals in 9 of the last 10 matches.
Rapid Vienna come to this match after a 2-1 victory in the visit to the Gent stadium, in the previous rounds of the Champions League. It should be noted that the visitors started the championship with a victory, beating Admira 4-1. Despite playing away from home, coach Dietmar Kohbauer must keep the team at 4-3-3, favoring maintenance of possession and organized attacks through the flanks. Forward Taxiarchis Fountas is Vienna Rapid’s best striker so far, with 2 goals scored. Unavailable due to injury are Dibon, Velimirovic, Barac, Schuster and Szanto.