Our prediction for this Austria Bundesliga match:
After holding LASK to a thrilling 3-3 draw, Wolfsberger will be looking to return to winning ways in the Austrian Bundesliga when they face Hartberg at their Lavanttal Arena. Ferdinand Feldhofer’s troops are determined to book their place in the Champions League, and, no doubt, they will go all guns blazing at Hartberg on Matchday 25. Senegal international Cheikhou Dieng opened his goal-scoring account at the weekend, meaning that the opposition defenders should have him at bay.
Hartberg, on the other hand, have been having their ups and downs ever since they restarted the season. Following a splendid 2-1 win at LASK, Markus Schopp’s men suffered a heavy 6-0 defeat to Salzburg in their last league match. The visitors are low on confidence ahead of the trip to Wolfsberg, and given the importance of the match for the hosts, anything but a routine home win would be a major surprise.
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.