Mattersburg vs St. Polten by Goleador
SV Mattersburg - SKN St. Pölten
For one team here there is very much on stake: Mattersburg is still just three points away from relegation playoff spot and need every point to secure a save place. St Pölten on the other side has nothing to fight for in Erste Liga. They are in 4th spot, no chance for winning the title, which is won by Altach already and there is no danger from the lower teams.
Mattersburg has got the turn around at the beginning of the month a strong game vs Altach were they gained a point. The following games they are 2-3-0 and showed, that they want to stay in Erste Liga. From the quality of the team, Mattersburg should play for the promotion, everybody was thinking before the season. But the relegation from Bundesliga had cost a lot of power and confidence and also finding a right coach wasn´t easy. Now it works better than the first months in this league and the passion is back in the team, as also some injured players became fit in the last weeks, who were missing for a longer time. The win vs Vienna a week ago was a big challenge, as Vienna had the last opportunity to stay in league with a win in this game, so Mattersburg faced a fighting team. But the played clever and won 1-2 away. A few days ago another game against a team, who wants to avoid relegation, Hartberg, was played. A boring 0-0, where nobody wanted to let points and so they shared the points. This game is the chance to get closer to there only goal at the time: stay in Erste Liga.
St Pölten has other worries at the time. The focus is completly on the Austrian Cup game next Wednesday. So coach Baumgartner will rotate his team. He did this against Altach, and so he will do again here. The goal of this is obious: he wants his players to save energy and keep them away from any injuries. So this is the game of the year for St Pölten, because who wins this duel where they face Bundesliga team Sturm will play in EL qualification next year, if Salzburg defeats Horn (and the will). So the last two games were a loss vs Horn, which was a bit unlucky, as the goal was really late, but Horn was better over the most parts. The last game vs Altach St Pölten took the lead 2-0 before the break, but in the end Altach came back and equalised. Now St Pölten also will miss three players due to suspension: Kragl (MID/10/1), Kerschbaumer (MID/31/7), Wisio (DEF/31/1).
Odds are dropping and the reasons why are mentioned here. Mattersburg with motivation and almost full squad playing against a team, which is just concentrating on Cup with three (at least two of them are very important) players missing.
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