The soccer year 2020 begins in Austria this weekend with the quarter-finals in the cup competition. Only five Bundesliga teams can be found among the last eight teams; the duel between LASK and Sturm Graz is the only “Bundesliga duel” in the quarter-finals.
St. Polten vs Wacker Innsbruck Free Betting Tips
In the remaining three quarter-finals, a second division team demands the favorite from the Bundesliga. The Cup Quarter-Finals will open on Friday evening with the duel between St. Pölten and Wacker Innsbruck.
In contrast to the league rivals from Amstetten and Lustenau, Wacker Innsbruck is the only second division to compete abroad. From the quarter-finals in the Austrian Cup, it is no longer the league membership that decides, but only the lot about home law.
This makes the task for the Grumser elf difficult, but St. Pölten is warned; after all, Wacker has already eliminated Europa League Starter WAC in the current competition. Nevertheless, the favorite role is with the home side and the bookmakers offer odds of around 1.50 for the home win between St. Pölten and Wacker Innsbruck.
St. Pölten – Statistics & current form
For SKN Sankt Pölten, autumn 2019 was all about damage limitation. After the objection to the transfer ban was not dealt with due to a formal error by the lawyer (!), The responsible persons were tied and no new commitments could be made. Only in the January transfer window was the club again allowed to sign new players.
In the meantime, however, 18 of the 22 games of the basic round have been played in the Austrian Bundesliga and from the beginning the team of head coach Alexander Schmidt was stuck in the end. With a total of 15 points, Sankt Pölten currently ranks ninth in the table. Admira Wacker Mödling is only three points ahead of the rear, and the points are halved after the basic round. The ghost of relegation is therefore omnipresent.
The defensive in particular often presented itself inferior in autumn 2019. Goalkeeper Christoph Riegler had to concede no less than 44 goals in 18 games. The offensive itself was a gentle breeze with just 18 goals. The most dangerous offensive player – Austria’s U21 international – Husein Balic left the club in winter and switched to LASK.
In return, Sankt Pölten managed to borrow Nicolas Meister. The 20-year-old winger was one of the best players in the LASK Juniors in the second division. With players like Stefan Stangl, Christoph Klarer, Michael Schimpelsberger and Alan, the squad was strengthened after the transfer ban.
The preparation should not be overestimated, but the defensive was much more stable compared to autumn. The Schmidt team conceded far fewer goals and was apparently able to stabilize the defensive.
In the game forward, goals are still few and far between. In this respect, in the cup fight between St. Pölten and Wacker Innsbruck, a prediction of under 2.5 appears to be a promising option.
Probable lineup of St. Pölten:
➠ Riegler – Muhamedbegovic, Meisl, Klarer – Ljubicic, Luxbacher, Ambichl, Schimpelsberger – Alan – Pak, Ouedraogo
Last games from St. Pölten:
⚽️ 02/01/2020 – Juniors OÖ vs. St. Pölten 0: 1 (friendly match)
⚽️ 01/28/2020 – Illichivets vs. St. Pölten 1-1 (friendly game)
⚽️ 01/22/2020 – Dinamo St. Petersburg vs. St. Pölten 0: 0 (friendly match)
⚽️ Jan 17, 2020 – St. Pölten vs. Horn 4: 0 (friendly game)
Wacker Innsbruck – Statistics & current form
During the winter break, the course was set for a hopefully positive future at Wacker Innsbruck. At the general assembly in January, a change in the statutes was approved, which will make it possible in the future to get an investor on board.
Supposedly there are currently three interested parties who want to join the always clammy club from Innsbruck. Among other things, the Chinese Fossum Group, which not only works closely with super consultant Jorge Mendes, but is also owned by Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Supposedly there will be a decision about the future of the green-blacks from Innsbruck in February. However, there is no rush with the licensing documents, which must be submitted in early March. President Gerhard Stocker is confident that the Bundesliga will license Innsbruckers for the coming season without any conditions.
There were no great changes in personnel compared to the autumn. Basically there is an exit against an exit. The 19-year-old central defender Felix Bacher joined the second team of SC Freiburg and fulfilled his dream abroad.
Matthäus Taferner took the way back from Germany to Innsbruck. The 18-year-old is returning home on loan. The youngster should not only collect minutes of play in his home country (only 124 in autumn at Dynamo Dresden), but also complete his Matura (Abitur). For Wacker Innsbruck, the central midfielder is definitely a win and a great reinforcement.
Without a doubt, the Grumser-Elf on Friday evening is considered an outsider in the NV-Arena. But the very young team has a lot of talent and Wacker Innsbruck will by no means be without a chance. Between St. Pölten and Wacker Innsbruck, a tip on the double chance X2 is definitely an option.
The under 2.5 seems even more interesting in view of the low-hit away games. In autumn there were only eight Wacker goals in seven away games (ten goals conceded). A peat festival is therefore not to be expected.
Probable lineup of Wacker Innsbruck:
➠ Eckmayr – Joppich, Meusburger, Viertler, Hupfauf – Conte, Taferner – Wallner, Zaizen, Gründler – Ertugrul
Last games from Wacker Innsbruck:
⚽️ 01/25/2020 – FC Viktoria Berlin vs. Wacker Innsbruck 2-2 (friendly match)
⚽️ Jan 18, 2020 – Wacker Innsbruck vs. Wörgl 1: 2 (friendly match)
⚽️ Jan 18, 2020 – Wacker Innsbruck vs. Telfs 7: 0 (friendly match)
⚽️ 11/29/2019 – Wacker Innsbruck vs. Horn 1: 1 (2nd league)
⚽️ 11/22/2019 – Horn vs. Wacker Innsbruck 0: 1 (2nd league)
St. Polten vs Wacker Innsbruck Direct comparison
Last season, the two teams faced each other for the first time in the club’s history in the Austrian football upper house. In the basic round of the new twelve-league, SKN Sankt Pölten celebrated a 2-0 win in both games against the Tyrolean promoted team.
With this, the Lower Austrians won exactly half of the 16 games. Including the last games in the second Bundesliga (season 2015/16), the tip on Sankt Pölten was the right decision in the last five games between St. Pölten and Wacker Innsbruck.
St. Polten vs Wacker Innsbruck Free Betting Tips
In this quarter-final of the Cup, both teams have a very, very big chance of reaching the semi-finals. Of course, the Bundesliga club can be seen in front of the home crowd in the favorites role.
But we do not assess the situation as clearly as the betting providers see it. For us, between St. Pölten and Wacker Innsbruck, a tip on the three-way market towards the home side has no value. In our opinion, the odds around 1.50 are set too low.
Key facts – St. Pölten vs Wacker Innsbruck tips
🔎 In preparation, Sankt Pölten was able to stabilize the defensive
🔎 In the previous year, St. Pölten won 2-0
🔎 The second division has only scored eight goals abroad
The young team of Thomas Grumser has a lot of talent and can act completely without pressure. In the first game after the winter break, however, it can be assumed that both teams still have a bit of sand in the gear. We cannot expect a smooth game setup in the first few minutes.
First game after a long break, two weak offensive and accordingly the knowledge that every mistake can already be decisive for the game ensures that we expect a slow scanning. An early hit does not seem likely, so we recommend using five units on the first hit from minute 30.
Betting Tips: 1st goal after 30 minutes
Stake: 5/10 units