After starting 2:2 draw at home against Mattersburg in the season opener, players of Rapid improved a lot and celebrated quite ease 1:4 victory on the road against St Polten last weekend. They entered the game very strongly and managed to take the double lead just before the halftime whistle.
Goals were scored by Murg in 37th and Kuen in 42nd minute, taking the lead more than deservedly. Hosts managed to reduce the deficit in 69th minute via Schutz, while the guests managed to seal the victory with two goals in last ten minutes, via an own goal in 81st minute and a goal from Keles in first minute of additional time. The team stands at second position now, having two points less than leaders from Sturm Graz.
Central defender Christopher Dibon is injured, same as midfielders Ivan Mocinic, Philipp Malicsek and Philipp Schonesberger and striker Giorgi Kvilitaia, all five without performing so far in the season anyway.
Austria Vienna didn’t make the right start into the new Bundesliga season, as the team firstly suffered heavy 3:0 defeat away from home to Altach in the first round, but also suffered another defeat last weekend when the team welcomed Sturm Graz and stood defeated 2:3.
Players of Sturm looked way more concrete and somehow more mature on the field, taking the lead before the halftime whistle via Huspek, while Zulj doubled up the lead in 56th minute. Players of Austria had more of the ball possession however just managed to reduce the deficit via an own goal, while Schmid reinstaled the double lead in 86th minute, while the hosts only reduced the deficit again, via penalty kick taken by Holdzhauser. In between, they had Europa League duties and managed to progress to the play-off rounds with a 2:1 victory on the road to Cypriot side AEL Limassol last Thursday evening.
Goalkeeper Robert Almer is injured and won’t be playing any next weeks either, while sidelined with injuries are also midfielder Vesel Demaku and forward Lucas Venuto, all three without playing so far in the new season.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Austria Wien’s last 6 games.
Players of Austria are obviously affected with busy schedule and Europa League duties. Having that in mind, that they have played a very difficult game in Cyprus just few days back and that their start in Bundesliga is more than poor, I don’t see plenty of chances for them to stay competitive in a local derby game against opponent that looked very concrete and serious upfront.