Red Bull Salzburg will visit Merkur-Arena on Sunday for the Bundesliga fixture with home team Sturm Graz.
Scroll down for all of our predictions, poll and stats for the Sturm Graz v Red Bull Salzburg game including the latest game odds.
Sturm Graz will be hoping for a better result after a 1-2 Bundesliga defeat last time out to Wolfsberger AC.
The only player to score from Sturm Graz was Ivan Ljubić (43'). Dominik Baumgartner (28') and Dario Vizinger (90') scored for Wolfsberger AC.
It has not been often in recent times where Sturm Graz have kept a clean sheet. The facts show that die Schwoazn have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 games, giving up 8 goals during that time.
Red Bull Salzburg
Following on from being beaten in their last game against Villarreal in Europa League action, Red Bull Salzburg and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, Red Bull Salzburg managed 51% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 2 of them on target. The only player to score for Red Bull Salzburg was Mërgim Berisha (17'). For their opponents, Villarreal CF got 5 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. Gerard Moreno (40', 89') was the scorer for Villarreal.
Illustrating their fondness for high-scoring matches, the back of the net has been hit 23 times in the previous 6 matches in which Red Bull Salzburg have taken to the field, giving a mean average of 3.83 goals per fixture. Their opponents have managed 9 of this grand total. Even so, it remains to be seen if that pattern might be replicated here in this match.
Pre-game facts show that Red Bull Salzburg:
- are undefeated by Sturm Graz when they have played them away from home in the previous 5 matches in the league. A very decent away record against them.
- are unbeaten in their last 3 away league matches.
Head to head
Inspecting their prior head-to-head clashes going back to 19/05/2019 shows that Sturm Graz have won 1 of these games and Red Bull Salzburg 4, with the number of drawn results standing at 1.
There were also goals galore in those games, with 24 overall at an average of 4 goals per match.
The previous league clash between these sides was Bundesliga match day 8 on 21/11/2020 when it finished Red Bull Salzburg 1-3 Sturm Graz.
The match was refereed by Josef Spurny.
Team News: Sturm Graz
Otar Kiteishvili (Calf Injury), Kevin Friesenbichler (Tear in the abductor muscle), Vincent Trummer (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Jon Gorenc Stankovic (Tear in the abductor muscle) and Philipp Huspek (Bruised Rib) are not available for Sturm Graz manager Christian Ilzer. Jörg Siebenhandl is ineligible for this match because of suspension.
Team News: Red Bull Salzburg
RB Salzburg manager Jesse Marsch has not got a full squad to pick from. Bernardo (Ruptured sideband in the knee), Ousmane Diakité (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Youba Diarra (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Noah Okafor (Torn Muscle Fibre) are not able to play.
We feel that in this game, Red Bull Salzburg have the ability to create a good amount of chances and successful shots on target.
At the same time, Sturm Graz might well find it a difficult task to get goals of their own, although we do see them hitting back at some stage here, too.
Accordingly, we see a 1-3 winning margin for Red Bull Salzburg when the full-time whistle blows.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Merkur-Arena (16,764)
Captain: Stefan Hierländer
Chairman: Christian Jauk
Manager: Christian Ilzer
Competitions: Bundesliga position 4, ÖFB Cup (Semi-finals)
⭐ Key Man: Otar Kiteishvili
Usually deployed in the Centre Midfield position, Otar Kiteishvili was born in Rustavi, Georgia. Having made a first senior appearance for Sturm Graz in the 2018 - 2019 season, the talented Midfielder has bagged 5 league goals in this Bundesliga 2020 - 2021 season to date in a total of 15 appearances.