The approaching ÖFB Cup match on Wednesday sees Sturm Graz up against the XI of SV Ried.
Scroll down for all of our predictions, poll and stats for the Sturm Graz v SV Ried game - plus the latest betting odds.
Sturm Graz will be wanting a better result here following a 2-0 Bundesliga defeat in their last game at the hands of Red Bull Salzburg.
In that game, Sturm Graz had 42% possession and 6 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target. For their opponents, FC Red Bull Salzburg had 5 shots at goal with 3 of them on target. Rasmus Kristensen (5') and Karim Adeyemi (22') scored for Red Bull Salzburg.
Christian Ilzer's Sturm Graz have netted 11 times in their prior 6 outings. The corresponding number of goals that have been scored against them in that same time amounts to 8.
After suffering a loss in their previous game against Austria Vienna in Bundesliga action, SV Ried will be aiming to make amends here.
In that match, SV Ried had 56% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 4 on target. The scorer for SV Ried was Seifedin Chabbi (9'). At the other end, FK Austria Wien had 13 attempts on goal with 6 on target. Manfred Fischer (4'), Marco Djuricin (17'), Can Keles (56') and Georg Teigl (89') scored for Austria Vienna.
Demonstrating their fondness for eventful encounters, the back of the net has been hit 24 times in the prior 6 games in which SV Ried have sent out their troops, making it an average of 4 goals for each fixture. Opposition teams have managed 14 from this total.
Head to head
Looking over past results between these clubs going back to 15/10/2016 shows that these fixtures have ended in disappointment for SV Ried. They have not managed to register any victories whatsoever whereas Sturm Graz have been superior, finishing as winners in 100% of those matches.
A sum of 11 goals were scored between them in this period, with 10 of them for die Schwoazn and 1 coming from SV Ried. That’s an average goals per game figure of 1.83.
The last league encounter between these sides was Bundesliga match day 11 on 17/10/2021 when it finished Sturm Graz 1-0 SV Ried.
On that day, Sturm Graz managed 50% possession and 22 attempts at goal with 3 on target. Their only player to score was Jakob Jantscher (32').
SV Ried got 4 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target.
The referee was Christopher Jäger.
Team News: Sturm Graz
Otar Kiteishvili (Syndesmotic ligament tear) and Sandro Ingolitsch (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) will not be taking part for Sturm Graz boss Christian Ilzer.
Team News: SV Ried
Thanks to a mainly full-strength squad, there’s just the one fitness problem for the SV Ried boss Andreas Heraf to contend with. Matthias Gragger (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) misses out for this game.
In this match, Sturm Graz are likely to be able to create a good number of chances & successful shots on target.
At the other end, SV Ried might well find it a difficult task to make a breakthrough but we do think that it’s more than likely that they will be pulling one back during this clash.
Our tip is for a comfortable 3-1 victory for Sturm Graz come full-time.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 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 2, ÖFB Cup (Third round), Europa League (Group B), Europa League Qualifiers (Play-Offs)
⭐ Star Player: Jakob Jantscher
Mostly taking up the Left Attacking Midfielder position, Jakob Jantscher was born in Graz, Austria. After making a first senior appearance for Sturm Graz in the 2007 - 2008 season, the gifted Midfielder has struck 6 league goals in the Bundesliga 2021 - 2022 campaign to date in 11 appearances.