Saturday’s Austrian Bundesliga Predictions and Best Bets


Altach v Admira Wacker

Saturday 2nd April – 5:00PM KO

Having previously lost 10 league games in a row, lowly Altach have now taken four points from their last two matches and scored more than once for the first time since August in their 2-1 victory against Ried last time out. They remain bottom on 10 points, three places and four points below next opponents Admira, whose current seven-game unbeaten streak away from home is their longest in the top flight for over 30 years. They drew 0-0 with WSG Tirol last time out, having beaten Ried 2-0 in the game before that.  

The Vorarlbergers will be without first-choice shot-stopper Christoph Riegler, plus the outfield trio of left-back Nosa Edokpolor, forward Sandi Krizman (both injured) and right-back Manuel Thurnwald (suspension). The loss of striker Krizman will be a particular blow for a side that has managed only 12 league goals all season. The most notable absentee for their Lower Austrian visitors is left-back Leonardo Lukacevic, though striker Marlon Mustapha is expected to return after contracting the coronavirus in mid-March.

While both teams are experiencing an upturn in form at present, it is the visitors who have the better head-to-head record, with 14 wins, 10 draws and six defeats from their 30 previous meetings. The Lower Austrians have also won over half (eight) of their 15 away matches in Vorarlberg. Based on that record and Altach’s miserly goal per game average of 0.5 this term, our money would be on Admira to take the points.

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LASK v Ried

Saturday 2nd April – 5:00PM KO

Bragging rights mean everything on derby day – and it will be no different when these two rivals from Upper Austria meet on Saturday afternoon. Their two previous clashes this season have been fiercely contested but low-scoring, with the home team winning by a goal to nil on both occasions. Historically speaking, the record in this regional rivalry tends to be relatively even, with LASK winning 15 times and Ried 18 times, while there have been 12 stalemates as well.

LASK boss Andi Wieland’s sole personnel concerns will be in the defensive department. Regular centre-back Petar Filipovic is still out long-term, while fellow defender Filip Twardzik – a winter break arrival from Spartak Trnava – tore ankle ligaments shortly before the recent international break. Ried have not been quite the same without joint top scorer Seifedin Chabbi (six goals), who is missing for the visitors along with right-back Matthias Gragger, left winger Philipp Pomer and striker Leo Mikic. 

With the head-to-head record so tight, the form book could prove to be decisive in this meeting of the top two in the Qualification Group. While leaders LASK (16 points) have lost only two of their last 11 matches (five wins, four draws), second-placed Ried (14), who only narrowly missed out on the Championship Round, appear to be in freefall after losing to struggling Admira and Altach in their last two games. With that in mind, we’d back LASK to take the points – and bragging rights – in this one.

Prediction: LASK to Win, 1.42 on Betfair (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

Hartberg v WSG Tirol

Saturday 2nd April – 5:00PM KO

Third-bottom Hartberg and second-bottom WSG Tirol will go into this relegation crunch clash separated by only one place and one point in the table. Both sides are on a dismal run of form: the Styrians have not claimed three points in the league since the end of November and have not scored a league goal in almost 500 minutes of football, while WSG Tirol’s only Bundesliga victory of 2022 came in this exact fixture last month, the Tyroleans claiming the points thanks to Bror Blume’s fifth-minute winner.

Attacking midfielder Donis Avdijaj, who has been a regular starter this season, is expected to miss this match with coronavirus. He is the only absentee for Hartberg, although four players that form the spine of the team are only one booking away from suspension and will need to exercise caution. WSG Tirol have two fringe players – Englishman Renny Smith and German Maxime Awoudja – banned for this game. Forward Tobias Anselm, who is recovering from a torn cruciate ligament, is the only player still injured.

With both teams facing a desperate battle for survival following bottom club Altach’s recent upswing and only one goal scored between the sides across the last four rounds of matches – the one in this fixture last month – our prediction is for under 2.5 goals here. The Austrian Bundesliga tends to be a free-scoring league on the whole, but it is hard to see where the goals are going to come from in this scrap to beat the drop.

Prediction: Under 2.5 Goals, 2.0 on Betfair (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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