Rheindorf Altach will be forced into one change from their previous line-up as Ngamaleu serves a suspension, though top scorer Oberlin will start in a positive change. He didn’t start last three matches as interim manager didn’t want to change a winning side. The starting eleven is well-settled and at their best. They’ll be considered favourites to beat Ried and won’t be happy with anything else. Confidence is at its peak following an excellent season and they’ll look to extend their superb home form, being the only club in the league that is still undefeated. A lift of attacking approach is expected at home; they’ll look to demonstrate another highly spirited performance. A last gasp goal in Mattersburg has increased the confidence and belief among the team. They’ll feel they should beat Ried, who are currently on a negative run of results. Expect them highly motivated and determined to produce another strong team performance.
Ried have all three attacking midfielders from the previous match struggling with knocks and they are unlikely to be fit enough to start. Bringing in natural strikers in wide areas is likely and that will refresh the team, although them starting won’t be a major plus in terms of quality. Hart and Nutz remain out while Chessa could be dropped to the bench. Confidence is pretty low following their last defeat to fellow relegation strugglers St. Pöelten, where they disappointed with their performance. They’ll be balanced in their approach and will mostly rely on offensive set-pieces and counter-attacks. To get anything from this match, they’ll need to score first but given their creativity and efficiency, this will be a hard task to achieve. Confidence has been notably shaken after suffering back to back defeats with the last one at home to St. Polten the most painful for the home fans. They are very poor on the road and they may lack belief of a result, with a potential draw seen as a decent outcome. Manager Benbennek publicly apologised for the second half performance vs St. Polten, stating that he isn’t worried about that defeat. He will demand more aggression and activity in midfield where they’ve been fairly poor in the last two matches. They’ll travel as underdogs.
Verdict & Prediction
Rheindorf Altach will be determined to extend their unbeaten run at home this season in a match where they’ll be treated as slight favourites. Being the strongest team at home in the league means they’ll be targeting all three points and won’t be happy with anything else. Bet on Altach to get another three points.
Prediction: Rheindorf Altach -0.75 AH
Odds: 1.98 Dafabet, 12Bet
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