The Austrian Bundesliga is in its decisive phase. Although the championship race is already decided, there are still some open decisions. So also around the SK Sturm Graz. The Styrians absolutely want to go international. Third place in the table promises a starting position in the UEFA Europa League group stage. However, two games before the end of the season the Blackies are missing four points on the Wolfsberger AC and thus on this place ranking. Therefore, the hosts must win the upcoming game. FC Red Bull Salzburg is the measure of all things in Austria again this season. Early on, the bulls decided the championship race. The advantage over the second LASK is already twelve points. At the moment, the Salzburg team is going on a farewell tour with coach Marco Rose.
Although there is still a lot for one team and not much for Salzburg, the betting odds are completely different. The Styrians are the absolute outsiders in the upcoming game. This can be explained by their inconsistency and their tabular situation. In the match between Sturm Graz and Red Bull Salzburg, the tip on the home win brings odds of 5.00. Even a draw seems unlikely for the bookmakers. Therefore, in the top match between Sturm Graz and Red Bull Salzburg, the forecast is rated at a draw with odds of 4.00, because the bulls dominate again the Austrian Bundesliga.
The current season of SK Sturm Graz can be described very well with the word “durchwachsen”. The Styrians are anything but constant in this season. The Blackies succeeded in this season only two times after a win another victory. Characteristic of this is the overall balance of the hosts. In the previous 30 league games Sturm scored ten wins, ten draws and ten defeats. Thus one holds equal points with the Vienna Austria at 24 points. On the Wolfsberg AC and thus on the fixed Europa League starting place missing the Styrians four points. Therefore, the Grazer should decide the two remaining games for themselves. However, the home record of the Blackies clearly speaks against it. Four victories, four draws and seven defeats were won by the Trationsclub in the Merkur Arena. This makes you at home the weakest team in the champion group. In the last five games, the Styrians could only win twice and lost three times.
The lack of consistency of the SK Sturm is due in part to the weak offensive. Too often the Styrians did not succeed in closing the bag. 35 goals scored the Blackies so far in Austria’s highest division. Only the rear light of the master group, St. Pölten, met even more rarely. The fact that they scored 19 goals in the Merkur Arena speaks against the mentioned home weakness. With six goals Markus Pink is the top scorer of the Grazer. Currently, the 28-year-old striker is in good shape and scored three goals in Sturm Graz for the past five games. Closely followed by Grozurek, who stands at five goals. However, the 27-year-old Viennese has not wetted for nine games. With six assists Philipp Huspek is also to be emphasized. The weak offensive statistics confirmed in the match between Sturm Graz and Red Bull Salzburg the tip that the Styrians will not win.
From the point of view of the Styrians, it looks much better in the defensive. The 4-1-4-1 system of Roman Mählich is intended primarily to bring defensive stability and does so in large parts. 36 Black Goals conceded the Blackies in the current season already. These are within the master group to a respectable value. 21 of these goals were awarded to the people of Graz at home. Only one of the last five games ended the hosts to zero. In 29 of the 30 previous games Jörg Siebenhandl guarded the goal Sturms. In ten of these games, the 29-year-old goalkeeper managed to keep his white vest. In the upcoming game Fabian Koch is out due to a red card suspension.
Red Bull Salzburg:
Red Bull Salzburg are playing their own league again this season. The Bulls are untouchable from the rest of the field and have already chosen Austria for the sixth time in a row. Despite the halving of points on Matchday 22, the cup winner is after 46 matchdays at 46 points and are thus with twelve points ahead of the LASK at the top of the table. With ten wins, three draws and two defeats, the Bulls are the best away team in the Austrian Bundesliga. Marco Roses preferred system is a 4-3-1-2. Salzburg won four out of the last five competitive matches. Since the guests have no double burden more through the Europa League or the ÖFB Cup more, the players of the series champion could regenerate during the week.
Both offensively and defensively, the bulls are the measure of all things. Especially in the attacking game, the team of Marco Rose is miles ahead of the remaining Austrian clubs. Salzburg scored 70 goals in the current season. 33 of these hits made the champion in the distance. With 18 goals Munas Dabbur leads the scorer list of the highest Austrian league. However, he was able to net only once in the last five league games. Exactly the same applies to the second-best scorer of the Salzburg Smail Prevljak. With ten assists, Munas Dabbur is the best assisting guest. This strong attack supports in the match between Sturm Graz and Red Bull Salzburg the tip on an away win.
With only 36 goals conceded, Salzburg is the best defensive of the Austrian Bundesliga. Only 16 hits from the bulls received from the Mozart city away. For six games in the highest Austrian Bundesliga, the champion could no longer keep the zero. Cican Stankovic saved the visitors’ goal in 27 of 30 matches. In ten of these games, the 26-year-old goalkeeper kept his white vest. This makes him statistically the third best goalkeeper in the Austrian Bundesliga. Dembélé, Pongracic, Ulmer, Mwepu, Jasper van der Werff, Diarra and Onguéné are injured against Sturm.