CASHPOINT SCR Altach (5) vs spusu SKN St. Pölten (4)
Last Bundesliga meeting: SKN 0-1 ALT
Altach recently claimed back-to-back wins for the first and only time this season, but were beaten 2-0 by Austria last time out. St. Pölten lost 1-0 to Admira and currently have the worst form in the division, with only one point from their last five games. But the Lower Austrians can take heart from the fact they have more away wins in Altach than against any other Bundesliga club (four). The opening goal usually proves crucial when these two sides meet, with the team that broke the deadlock going on to win the game in each of their eight Bundesliga clashes since the league was reformatted (four victories for each club). Altach are likely to be without Thurnwald, while Luxbacher and Tursch are doubts for St. Pölten.
FC Flyeralarm Admira (6) vs SV Guntamatic Ried (3)
Last Bundesliga meeting: SVR 0-0 ADM
Admira’s narrow triumph over St. Pölten brought an end to their six-match winless streak in the league, while Ried claimed their first Bundesliga victory of 2021. Ried have more Bundesliga wins against Admira than against any other club (22), but the men from Lower Austria have won their last three home games against Ried and are unbeaten in eight home clashes with the Upper Austrians. For Ried boss Heraf, the 3-2 victory over Hartberg last weekend was his first win as a Bundesliga coach; he had previously only overseen three games as SV Pasching boss in 2006. The hosts are likely to be without experienced forward Hoffer and loan signing Sax, while the only injury doubt for the visitors is defender Reiner.
TSV Prolactal Hartberg (2) vs FK Austria Vienna (1)
Last Bundesliga meeting: FAK 0-1 HTB
Hartberg pipped Austria to the sixth and final spot in the Championship Group last season, and then beat the capital club in the European play-off in July. In total, they are unbeaten in four Bundesliga matches and three home games against the Viennese outfit. Austria have won five league matches since the turn of the year - three more than they managed in the entire autumn. Hartberg goalie Swete is set to make his 100th appearance in the Austrian top-flight (84 of the previous 99 have been for Schopp’s side). On the treatment table for the Styrians are Schmerböck and Lema, with Jukic likely to miss out for the Violets.
LASK (3) vs RZ Pellets WAC (6)
Last Bundesliga meeting: WAC 0-3 LASK
Wolfsberg’s 8-1 loss to Rapid Vienna - their biggest-ever defeat in the Bundesliga - means they have now conceded 16 goals in their last three games. LASK, however, have lost their last two league games without scoring. But the Linz outfit have won the last two Bundesliga meetings with the Carinthians, who themselves will be encouraged by their excellent away record in the league this season (W8 L3). Clashes between these two clubs in Linz have tended to have a winner, with LASK winning four of the seven encounters and Wolfsberg the other three. LASK are light in the forward department, with Gruber and Raguz both out for the season, while Wolfsberg are without Novak, Peric and Sprangler. Lochoshvili is also suspended after being sent off for the third time this season against Rapid.
SK Puntigamer Sturm Graz (4) vs WSG Swarovski Tirol (5)
Last Bundesliga meeting: WSG 1-1 STU
The two teams head into this game on the back of contrasting results - a comprehensive 3-1 defeat for Sturm at the hands of Salzburg and a surprise 2-0 win away to LASK for WSG Tirol. Sturm have an almost impeccable Bundesliga record against WSG (W3 D1) and have won seven of their last eight home games in the league, but WSG are on a five-match unbeaten run themselves (W2 D3) - their longest-ever such streak in the Austrian top flight. Yeboah, who joined Sturm from WSG in the winter, scored his first goal for his new club against his former employers in their last meeting. Gazibegovic, Huspek and Ingolitsch are all injury blows for the Styrians, while the men from Tyrol have only one injury doubt to contend with: Gölles has a muscle problem and is not expected to feature.
SK Rapid Vienna (2) vs FC Red Bull Salzburg (1)
Last Bundesliga meeting: RBS 4-2 SCR
The 8-1 demolition of Wolfsberg last weekend was Rapid’s biggest away win in the Bundesliga since they thrashed upcoming opponents Salzburg 7-0 back in 2008. The Hütteldorf side have won 14 of their opening 23 BL matches for the first time since the 1995/96 campaign. But Salzburg are unbeaten in six meetings with Kühbauer’s men (W5 D1) and are bidding to become the first team in Bundesliga history to win eleven of their first 12 games in a calendar year. Daka has now scored in seven consecutive Bundesliga games (a joint club record) and he will hold the record outright if he finds the net against the Green & Whites. Rapid are without Sonnleitner, Schobesberger, Velimirovic and Dibon, while Salzburg cannot call upon Vallci, Walke, Sucic and Okafor.