Salzburg's last Bundesliga game was a defeat at home to SV Kapfenberg in embarassing fashion. However, they were resting players ahead of the visit of Italian giants Juventus and it paid off with Salzburg taking a 1-1 draw from the game. In my opinion, the statistics on Salzburg's away games this season are a tad harsh, really. They lost 2-1 at bitter rivals Rapid Vienna thanks to a last-minute winner, drew 0-0 with a good Austria Vienna side, won at a difficult SV Ried side, and lost at Mattersburg in a freak encounter. Salzburg's displays on the road, however, have been pretty good so I fancy them to cause problems today. Look at their attacking options - the pacey Slovakian winger Svento on the left, giant Uruguayan striker Boghossian, experienced Austrian striker Wallner etc. - all of these options offer far more than their hosts can offer, which is why I favour them. The draw with Juventus could very well be the boost that Salzburg need and frankly, Wacker Innsbruck are starting to look tired after an outstanding campaign thus far and look ready to fall in a game like this. Wacker have failed to score in two out of their last three games and haven't won any of them, losing once and drawing twice. They took a draw from a trip to face Rapid Vienna but Rapid were resting players ahead of their trip to Bulgaria; the outcome was not unexpected. Wacker may just have their hands full today with a sleeping giant in their midst.
Again, I just don't understand these odds. Wacker Innsbruck are still newcomers to this division, despite their assured and convincing displays so far this season. They've stalled of late and now host the reigning champions, which is never a good combination! Neither side misses anyone out of the ordinary although both sides have a doubt in midfield - Salzburg over Mendes, Wacker over Koch - and both are important although I think both will start anyway. Quality-wise, however, Salzburg win this game hands-down so I fancy them here, especially when bookies are somehow granting 4/5 on them winning the game with draw no bet!
Irony though - these two sides were scheduled to meet earlier this season but the game was rained off. Had it not been rained off, I was confident that Wacker would have beaten them as Salzburg were in a terrible state. Salzburg are no longer in that state and I expect them to give a good account of themselves today as a result.
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