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The 2. Liga fixture at NV Arena on Friday sees home side SKN St. Pölten fighting it out with opponents Wacker Innsbruck.
Our SKN St. Pölten v FC Wacker Innsbruck tips, poll and stats can be seen in full below (plus the best game odds).
SKN St. Pölten
SKN St. Pölten will be hoping to bounce back here after a 3-0 2. Liga loss in their previous game against SC Austria Lustenau.
In that match, SKN St. Pölten managed 52% possession and 5 shots on goal with 1 of them on target. At the other end, SC Austria Lustenau had 15 attempts on goal with 8 on target. Michael Cheukoua (9') and Haris Tabaković (23', 29') scored for SC Austria Lustenau.
It has been a rare occasion in recent games where SKN St. Pölten have managed to hold out for a full 90 minutes. The reality is that SKN St. Pölten have been scored against in 6 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 9 goals during that time.
Their past results show that SKN St. Pölten:
- are unbeaten in the league by FC Wacker Innsbruck in their previous 6 games.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 3 league matches at home.
FC Wacker Innsbruck
Since suffering a loss in their previous game against SV Horn in 2. Liga action, Wacker Innsbruck and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
In that game, FC Wacker Innsbruck had 57% possession and 11 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. For FC Wacker Innsbruck, goals were scored by Paolino Bertaccini (15') and Ronivaldo (79'). SV Horn got 12 attempts on goal with 5 on target. Okan Yilmaz (37', 62') and Julian Klar (56') scored for SV Horn.
The stats don’t lie, and Wacker Innsbruck have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, seeing opposing sides hit 11 goals in all. In defence, FC Wacker Innsbruck can certainly do much better. Let’s find out whether or not that trend will end up being sustained into this next match.
Taking a look at their past results, FC Wacker Innsbruck:
- have not emerged victorious against SKN St. Pölten when they've played them away from home in the last 2 league games.
- have not won away from home in their last 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
Looking at their past head to head results stretching back to 11/03/2016 reveals that these encounters have been a source of anguish for Wacker Innsbruck. They’ve not managed to come away with any victories at all whereas SKN St. Pölten have managed to find a way, running out winners in 83% of those ties.
In all, 16 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 12 from St. Pölten and 4 belonging to Wacker. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.67.
The last league match featuring these sides was 2. Liga match day 14 on 05/11/2021 which finished with the scoreline of FC Wacker Innsbruck 1-2 SKN St. Pölten.
On that occasion, FC Wacker Innsbruck managed 50% possession and 9 attempts at goal with 2 on target. The goalscorers were Alexander Joppich (53' Own goal) and Ronivaldo (62').
SKN St. Pölten had 8 attempts on goal with 3 on target. Deni Alar (74') was the scorer.
The referee was Walter Altmann.
Team News: SKN St. Pölten
Christoph Messerer (Pubitis), Julian Keiblinger (Pubitis), Bernd Gschweidl (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Yun-sang Hong (Ankle Injury), Lino Kasten (Ligament Injury) and Thomas Salamon (Unknown Injury) aren’t available for SKN St. Pölten boss Stephen Helm.
Team News: Wacker Innsbruck
Wacker Innsbruck boss Michael Oenning has a number of players out of action. Fabio Viteritti (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Atsushi Zaizen (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) are not ready for selection.
For this match, we think that SKN St. Pölten will, in all likelihood, see a lot of the ball and convert quite a few goal-scoring opportunities.
At the same time, FC Wacker Innsbruck could well struggle to get shooting opportunities but do we see them seeing enough of the ball to score, too.
We’re therefore expecting to see a decent 3-1 winning margin for SKN St. Pölten at the end of this one.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
🏟️ Team Focus:
SKN St. Pölten
Stadium: NV Arena (8,012)
Captain: Christian Ramsebner
Chairman: Helmut Schwarzl
Manager: Stephen Helm
Competitions: 2. Liga position 8
⭐ Key Player: Krešimir Kovačević
Mostly deployed in the Striker position, Krešimir Kovačević was born in Treuchtlingen, Germany. Having made his senior debut playing for TSV Hartberg in the 2017 - 2018 season, the accomplished Forward has got 8 league goals in this 2. Liga 2021 - 2022 campaign to date in a total of 19 appearances.