Salzburg is definitely in a bad form now, which started with a home loss to LASK five matches ago. Since then, they were eliminated from Eintracht Frankfurt in Europa League – something that isn’t a huge surprise.
However, it also took just a point on the road to Austria Vienna in between and most recently, have suffered 3:2 defeat on the road to Altach. Despite a lot more of the ball possession and chances created, they were conceding goals and looked vulnerable at the back – only managing to reduce the scoreline twice, both times via Hee-Chan, not getting completely back into the game.
Now with six points less than first placed LASK in Bundesliga, it’s a surely alarming situation and the Cup competition might be the only way for a trophy this season – in case the situation doesn’t improve soon enough.
Red Bull continues to miss central defender Wober (13/0), right-back Kristensen (9/0) and midfielder Junuzovic (15/2) due to injuries.
LASK is obviously enjoying the season and it actually can’t get much better. They’ve progressed further in the Europa League competition by defeating Dutch side AZ Alkmaar and are awaiting Manchester United in the last sixteen phase of it next week.
As for the Austrian Bundesliga, they’re having a run of three victories since the re-start of the championship, coming from a 5:1 home win over Hartberg last weekend. Despite being down in the scoreline, they were showing a superior approach but only managed to make it count once the guests stood playing with a man less.
Within the second halftime, they’ve scored five goals (three via Klauss, once via Michorl and Tetteh) to prove the class. Six points ahead of Salzburg make them a comfort situation for now, but only in case, they continue in the same momentum.
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The guests should only miss injured left-back Potzmann (16/1) due to injury.
Becoming a feisty rivalry
Even if both teams rotate their squads just slightly, due to their rivalry it should be a competitive game all over the field. LASK is going into the match as a slight underdog on the paper, but with every right to feel quite confident.
They definitely have nothing to lose now and with the form Salzburg has at the moment, they would be naive not to try to attack the opponent, just like they did in the previous two meetings this season. With everything that we know from each of them in the last months, goals look likely one more time – especially since it’s a Cup game.