Rapid vs Wolfsberger by Gustav
Although they had many obligations in Europe this season, Rapid didn't lost lot of points to the domestic league, and they are still in the title race. In Europe they thrown out Ajax from the Champions League, and then they secured participation in the face of 16 of Europa League with five wins and just one defeat away to Villarreal in the group stage.
During the winter break Rapid signed only quality right winger from Ried, Thomas Murg. They played five friendly games. 1:1 against St Pauli, 2:2 against Bohemians 1905, 2:1 against parndorf, 1:3 against FAC Wien and a 9:0 win over Neusiedl. It comes from two draws, in official friendly in Turkey, 1-1 to St Pauli and 2-2 to Bohemians. Now they want to start in the best way the new round.
Attacking midfielder Steffen Hofmann (16 games, 3 goals) is suspended, while attacking midfielder Louis Schaub (12 games, 2 goals), main keeper Jan Novota (12 games), main central defender Christopher Dibon (13 games, 1 goal), right back Stephan Auer (14 games) and striker Deni Alar (12 games, 3 goals) will all miss the game due to injuries.
Wolfsberger had a tragic start to the season and found out early on the bottom of the standings. At least they kept a close distance from the other teams due to their good home record, so they have their chances to save the season. They signed central midfielder Ibrahim Bingol from SV Austria Salzburg and played four friendly games. 3:0 against Domzale, 2:3 against Vardar, 3:0 against Kapfenberg and a 3:3 draw against LASK Linz.
Striker Tadej Trdina (4 games, 1 goal), experienced defensive midfielder Manuel Weber (2 games) and defender Daniel Drescher (11 games, 1 goal) will miss the game due to injuries.
Wolfsberger remains without an away win in their last 22 matches, although they have been improved a little before the winter break after the coaching change. The winter break did only good to Rapid and they will appear fresh. I think that they are able to finish this game and score a couple of goals.