Admira vs Austria Vienna by Gustav
Admira is in a really good momentum now, as the side comes from third victory in last four matches and second consecutive three pointer, as the side won over Wolfsberger away from home with a 1:3 result. They opened up the game in a best possible way, taking the lead already in fourth minute via Kalajdzic, while they even doubled it up in first minute of additional time in the first part via Jakolis.
Their lead was completely deserved as the side moved the ball much better and were far more concrete, while hosts replied well in the second halftime and were a better side, but conceded another one, in 87th minute via Zwierschitz, while the home team only managed to reduce the deficit in third minute of additional time via Orgill.
Thanks to this victory, Admira now stands at third position with thirty-seven points, just a point more than out of Europa League placed LASK Linz and therefore remain close to a must win situation.
Central defender Macky Bagnack (1/0) should remain injured, while midfielders Wilhelm Vorsager (2/1), Daniel Toth (9/2) and forwards Dominik Starkl (18/5) and Maximilian Sax (18/1) are doubtful recovering from injuries for now.
Austria Vienna, on the other side, comes from yet another defeat, this time away from home against Mattersburg 2:1 last Saturday afternoon. Their hosts made a great entrance with a goal in third minute and it was difficult for the visitors to get back completely and straight away into the match.
They did equalize however in 38th minute with a goal from Venuto, having much more of the ball possession but not that much of a chances created. Similar story was seen in the second halftime, as the players of Austria held the ball more, but with really poor offensive work just staying with the ball to their feet without any creativity, while the home team remained better far more concrete and actually did deserve the second goal that came via Prevljak in 88th minute.
The side continues to be far below any expectations at the table, having just seventh position at the moment with twenty-seven points earned - nine less than Europa League fourth placed Rapid Vienna and if they are to revert the things around, they better start winning starting with this one.
Game should come early for goalkeeper Robert Almer who was a long term absentee without performing this season, while sidelined with injuries are central defender Heiko Westermann (10/0) and left back Christoph Martschinko (8/0). Offensive midfielder Alexander Grunwald (3/0) is not fully fit, as well as central defender Michael Madl who is yet to make a debut coming from Fulham this Winter.
- Austria Vienna have won last five matches away to Admira.
No doubt that Admira is in a better momentum now and generally much better offensive work rate. Visitors surely do have more individual quality in their squad overall, but the way they play recently is far below that standard. If hosts manage to maintain their momentum, this could be even easier victory for them than what the odds suggest.