Who is number one in Vienna? This question is to be answered this Sunday at 5 p.m. Austria Vienna welcomes Rapid Vienna. This duel always offers a lot of explosiveness anyway. But this time it’s about a little more. Because the 336th Vienna Derby will be a game worth millions. The Hütteldorfer defended not only third place in the most group. Rather, the team of Ferdinand Feldhofer can distance the rivals from Vienna – favorites decisively. Green-White separates two points from Austria three rounds before the end of the season. The previous three comparisons of this season each ended in a 1-1 draw.
There has been no winner in the last six derbies. Most recently, Austria triumphed away from home in early September 2019. A success on Sunday would be doubly sweet for the guests. Because with third place you are definitely playing in a European group phase. So you can plan at least three million euros. The additional millions would also be welcome on the management floor of Rapid. Participation in a European competition would also be helpful for development. “The derby is a game for our fans. It will be hot, the anticipation is great,” said Barisic. In the past games against the Austria may be Rapid not been fortunate. “I would prefer it if we weren’t the better team this time and went home with three points. On Sunday, the bare result counts.”
Rapid coach Ferdinand Feldhofer also sees it this way: “It doesn’t matter how – if we score three points, we can be satisfied.” Rapid has to do without the injured Ferdy Druijf. But otherwise the staff situation looks better. However, the suspended Niklas Hedl is still missing. Feldhofer left open who will play in goal instead of him. Especially in the central defender position there are alternatives available again with Maximilian Hofmann, Kevin Wimmer and Emanuel Aiwu.
Austria, on the other hand, has been waiting for a win for six games. In the derby, the violets want to cheer again. By Friday afternoon, over 13,000 tickets had been sold, and the hosts only gave out tickets to subscribers and members. Rapid received 1,600 cards. “What better time than to start winning again in the derby?” asked Austria coach Manfred Schmid. Of the Austriacoach expects great emotions. Austria can win a lot – but also lose a lot. Because the competition is breathing down your neck. “We don’t feel any pressure. We have a huge initial situation, now it depends on us what we make of it,” said Schmid.
However, according to Schmid, the derby is not decisive. The Austria coach is struggling with personnel problems. For one thing, Eric Martel is out due to a suspension. Matthias Braunöder only made his first attempt at training on Friday after injuring his ankle ligaments. A bet by the U21 team player against Rapid seems impossible. Schmid wants to find a solution and, if the worst comes to the worst, tinker with the system.