Austria has to play one last time before the winter break it deserves. Against WAC, Violet wants to return to the top 6.
Wiener Austria mainly used the week before the last competitive match in the renewal calendar year. With common powers and newly acquired freshness, Violet on Sunday (From 2.30 pm on the live Sport24 tapeHe scored three points in the first leg against Wolfsberger AC and moved up the table. Guests from Carinthia come to Vienna in a state of precariousness after the last five defeats.
In the past few matches, Austria’s diminishing strength has been clearly noticeable due to the double burden. Regarding the team, the Violet dragged themselves through the league, the pressure on the “right” players was very high. Coach Manfred Schmid was still confident before the duel with Wydad: “Our players are no longer at 100 per cent, but we prepared very well last week and will be more active in the game. We want the final season before the winter break to be a successful competition.”
For this year’s home final, a crowd of over 10,000 fans is expected at the Generali Arena. For this reason, coach Schmid looked forward to the task on Sunday with great anticipation: “I suppose we will celebrate a great football festival with our fans.” With complete success, Violet could jump to fourth place in the table at best.
Austria has good memories from the first leg
Despite the low level of WAC, WAC is by no means underrated in the favourite. “We have strong opponents waiting for us who are far behind in terms of results. They have a calm, good coach and high offensive quality,” Schmid analyzed. The staffing level in Austria remains tense in the run-up to the last match. Captain Lukas Mühl is not getting fit in time (groin problems), and Reinhold Ranftl is suspect due to his shoulder injury. Lucas Galvão is likely to return to central defense after being suspended.
The first leg in Lavantal, where the two teams were on equal footing throughout the match, was won by Austria 2-1 after trailing 0-1. Violet was undefeated in four duels with Wydad, three of which ended in victory.
Dot with defensive fears
Wolfsberger is currently in a sporting crisis. In the last five Bundesliga matches, Carinthians have been goalless. However, in the last round against Ligakroesus Salzburg, there was at least a hilarious improvement. “I saw some good ways against Salzburg, which made me confident of the match against Austria,” Wydad coach Robin Dutt said. WAC desperately needed a win before the winter break. Carinthians are currently tenth in the table, just three points behind bottom club Hartberg.
Coach Dutt is currently particularly concerned about the defensive situation. With 34 goals conceded, you have the weakest defense in the league. Perhaps the reason for the fact that WAC is no worse than this is due to the attack. Ty Paribou, Maurice Malone and their partners have already scored 28 goals this season, the third most after Salzburg and LASK.
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