St. Pölten will be forced into a change after Segovia injured his groin against Austria Wien. Newcomer Luckassen had a solid debut and it is expected that he will be a decent replacement for the injured teammate. Stec was a pretty anonymous last time out so there is a strong chance that the pacey Schütz will come into the side. The hosts felt slightly unlucky to be beaten by Austria Wien last weekend after conceding both goals in the dying moments of the 1st and 2nd half. They are expected to continue with a conservative approach as they’ll be aiming to tighten things up at the back and will try to cause an attacking threat mostly on the break.
The hosts are likely to line-up in a 4-4-1-1 formation which they used last match with Austria Wien. They’ll be balanced in their approach and will focus primarily on keeping things tight and compact in their own half. Typically they’ll try to play through the thirds with measured passes but are not extremely strong in keeping possession for large spells. They’ll be trying to send the ball to wide areas when in the final third with both wide midfielders staying close the touchline. They are well known for their conservative approach to the match; they’ll be patiently waiting for counter attacking opportunities. Thurauer is a player that will be keen to join from the 2nd line and will be supporting the lone striker while moving the ball with speed and quality.
Admira lost their best goalkeeper earlier in the week, with both remaining options not good enough to successfully replace the transferred Siebenhandl. Both Pavič and Grozurek are out while Spiridonovič is unlikely to be used following his personal situation (he is keen to leave the club). Rotation is needed but Lederer is lacking adequate alternatives on the bench.
Fatigue could be an issue here; the team was involved in a long midweek match in the Europa League qualifiers and this could be a notable disadvantage ahead of this trip to St. Pölten. On the positive side, the team is in really good form and are capable of getting a result.
The visitors are expected to be exhausted as their match with Slovan was interrupted by the floodlight failure so the match lasted much longer than it should. This gives the hosts a small advantage and I recommend on going with a low stake on St. Polten.
Prediction: St. Polten +0.00 AH
Odds: 1.87 Pinnacle / SBOBET