Our prediction for this Austria Bundesliga match:
Sturm Graz and Wolfsberger face each other at Merkur Arena in what is expected to be a very exciting game. As expected, Sturm suffered a 2-0 loss to Salzburg in their last game before the coronavirus football break, whilst Wolfsberger shared the spoils with Rapid Wien. Both teams are eyeing a place in European competitions; therefore, a lively contest is on the cards at Merkur Arena.
Sturm Graz managed to find the net in each of their last four home games in the Austrian elite division, and given Wolfsberger’s attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. In the first half of the season Wolfsberger rolled over Sturm 4-0 at Merkur Arena, but both teams should find the net this time out. A man to watch in the away team will be Israel attacker Shon Weissman, while Wolfsberger defenders should have Albania international Bekim Balaj at bay.
Highlighted Player (Shon Weissman):
After spending his youth career Maccabi Haifa, Shon Weissman continued wearing the green and white shirt at senior level. The 174-tall forward scored 8 goals in 32 appearances in the league for the Greens before joining Wolfsberger in 2019.
It has to be noted, though, that he played for the likes of Hapoel Acre, Maccabi Netanya and Ironi Kiryat Shmona on loan as well from 2015 to 2018. Born in Haifa on February 14, 1996 the Israeli footballer has yet to make his senior debut with the Israel national team, but he has two caps with the U21 team. Speaking of his career at Wolfsberger, Shon Weissman made his Austrian Bundesliga debut on July 27, 2019 in a 3-0 win at Admira.
Weissman opened his goal-scoring account on the same day, finding the net twice in the BSFZ-Arena clash. His main position is centre-forward, but he is capable of playing as both second striker and right winger as well.
Highlighted Team (Wolfsberger):
Welcoming their rivals at Lavanttal-Arena, Wolfsberger are an Austrian side that compete in the Bundesliga, the Austrian top flight. GAM FC footballers wear black and blue shirts and black shorts when playing on home soil, whilst white is the dominant colour of their away kit.
Wolfsberger finished the 2018/2019 Austrian Bundesliga in fourth position in the standings and, as a result, they booked their place in the Europa League group stages for the first time ever. The Lavanttal-Arena outfit were placed in Group J, alongside Borussia M’gladbach, Roma and Istanbul Basaksehir.
GAM FC did well to win the Austrian First League in the 2011/2012 season, with the team finishing the process six points clear of second-placed Altach, but they have yet to win the Austrian Bundesliga trophy. It has to be noted that SV Ried and AT SV Wolfsberg are considered the club’s fiercest rivals.