The Wolfsbergers currently have 30 points in their account and can be more than confident about participating in the championship group. Hartberg, on the other hand, has ten points less. With a win, the WAC could finally leave Oststeirer behind with four rounds left in the basic round. Provided that Austria, Rapid and Ried (each 21) leave points, the Carinthians can actually already book the ticket for the championship group.
Hartberg in eighth place only one point is missing from the fifth Rapid. The first season comparison went to the blue and white: Hartberg won in Wolfsberg after two goals in the first 20 minutes with 3: 1. Hartberg has not yet won four Bundesliga duels at home against WAC. There were two defeats and two draws.
Robin Dutt has had a lot of fun in the past few weeks. Only the 1: 5 slip at WSG Tirol clouded the Wolfsberg head coach’s balance sheet. “Of course we all wish that we can continue the streak we’ve had in the last few weeks and months in the last game of the year. We want our performance in Hartberg Put them all on the pitch and go into the winter break with a good feeling, ”said the German before the last game of the calendar year.
Due to the onset of winter, optimal preparation for the duel was not really possible for both teams. The WAC has been training on artificial turf since Wednesday. In Hartberg was shoveled after the underfloor heating was no longer sufficient after more than 20 centimeters of fresh snow. Spectators are not yet allowed on Saturday, the Styrians will also play the last home game of the year as a ghost game.
Head coach Kurt Russ is the last suspended Thomas Rotter available again. Russ prepares for a playfully strong opponent with a lot of self-confidence. “That means for us that we have to keep the rooms very tight. Our switching game has to work and we have trained that too, ”he emphasized. At the end of the day it is important to “knock everything out” again. Striker Noel Niemann recalled the strong performance at 1: 2 in Salzburg. “We have to continue like this against the WAC. We want to deal with three points that we in Hartberg let me make a Christmas present myself, ”said the German.