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Austrian football is finally waking up from hibernation this weekend. After Champions Red Bull Salzburg and SK Rapid Wien were already in action in the UEFA Europa League on Thursday evening, the four quarter-final games will be played in the Austrian Cup competition from Friday to Sunday. The first semi-finalist is determined in a duel between two traditional teams. Regional league GAK welcomes Austria Wien in the Merkur Arena!
GAK vs. Austria Vienna Free Betting Prediction
The decision of the Grazer not to play the Cup quarter-final in their own stadium, but in the stadium of the great arch rival has paid off. Just a few days before the duel over 10,000 tickets were sold for the game of the year of the red jackets. On loud support the league leaders of the Regionalliga Mitte can look forward to. The favorite role in this duel between the third division and the Bundesliga club is of course clearly on the side of violets from Vienna favorites. For an away win in the game between the GAK and Austria Vienna, the odds are at 1.36! The game starts on Friday evening at 7 pm.
GAK – Statistics & Current Form
For over a decade, the Grazer Traditionsverein has already disappeared from paid football. The financial difficulties were a constant companion at the GAK. However, good work has been done continuously in recent years and the return to paid football is imminent. As a climber, the Grazer dominate the regional league middle this season. After 15 of 30 league games, the Grazer have 35 counters and thus already comfortable seven-point advantage over the second-placed Deutschlandsberg. The new second division with 16 teams is close enough to touch. In the last days and weeks the course has been set for a successful licensing. With the 44-year-old Enrico Kulovits, a new coach has been presented, which has the necessary license. The former successful coach David Preiß is not in possession of the UEFA Pro license and acts in the future as a “team coach”, official coach is the former professional Kulovits.
“For me it is a great honor and a matter of the heart to be able to return to my GAK and make my contribution to the success. I have the utmost respect for David’s achievement. He is one of the most successful coaches in Austria and I am looking forward to working together in the coaching team ” – Enrico Kulovits
For the new coach, the GAK is a matter of the heart. The squad was reinforced in the past transfer window with the former Bundesliga player Thomas Zündel (right-back). Thus are already four ex-Bundesliga players in the squad of the Styrians. Dieter Elsneg, probably the most well-known actor, falls out due to a cruciate ligament rupture for the cup hit against the violets, however. On the way to the last eight last second division Kapfenberg was defeated in the Styrian derby sovereign 3-0. The game against the violets but is due to the appointment of a Herculean task. The last competitive game was played on 4 November, the next competitive game is on 9 March on the program. The Graz are in the middle of the preparation and have lost the first two test matches against Lafnitz and Kapfenberg (both second division) without scoring. Accordingly, in the match between the GAK and Austria Vienna, the tip that not both teams to score (odds of 2.00) could well be an interesting option.
Expected list of GAK:
Halder – Derrant, Count, Pfeifer, Zündel – Prattes, Perchtold – Kiric, Bauer, Berger – Rother
Last Games by GAK:
- 09.02.2019 – Kapfenberg vs. Grazer AK 1: 0 (friendly)
- 02.02.2019 – Lafnitz Vs. Grazer AK 2: 0 (friendly)
- 04.11.2018 – Stadl-Paura vs. Grazer AK 2: 4 (Regionalliga)
- 01.11.2018 – Grazer AK vs. Kapfenberg 3: 0 (Cup)
- 27.10.2018 – Grazer AK vs. Hertha 0: 3 (Regionalliga)
Austria Vienna – Statistics & Current Form
In the calendar year 2018, the violets had to cope with many setbacks, but the last competitive game in the old year could not have gone better. In the prestigious Wiener Derby, the violets celebrated an impressive 6-1 victory against the archrival. Balm on the wounds, after first missed the Europa League and subsequently did not convince the violets in the new twelve-league. Four laps before the end of the basic round, Vienna Austria is in fifth place in the table. This gives the Violets a four-point lead in the fight for a place in the championship play-off!
“I am very satisfied with the preparation. We have consistently enforced all content that we have set ourselves. However, it will be crucial that we implement it when it matters ” – Thomas Letsch
Head coach Thomas Letsch warned in the preparation not only once that the 6: 1 against Rapid must disappear from the heads. Although the results in preparation were changeable (defeat to Wiener Neustadt, Red Star Belgrade, victory over Dinamo Zagreb) Letsch was completely satisfied. Personnel hardly changed anything in the squad. The game philosophy will also be designed in 2019 very pressing. Only Red Bull Salzburg manages a faster ball capture after a ball loss than the violets (average 7.88 passes). However, the violets have to cope with the second most (!) Ball losses in the league. Often the violets act hastily and give the ball off lightly. As a result of the intensive pressing extremely much effort is operated, but the team often brings by the ball losses even for the pay of the work. Vienna Austria will have to act patiently against a third division and minimize these many unnecessary ball losses. The dress rehearsal succeeded with a 9-0 win against Traiskirchen – a team from the Regionalliga Ost – in an impressive manner. It will certainly not be as clear in the Merkur Arena on Friday. Nevertheless, between the GAK and Austria Vienna, a prediction on the favorites win fifth in the table of the Austrian Bundesliga obvious.
Expected formation of Austria Vienna:
Pentz – Ebner, Schoissengeyr, Madl, Klein – Jeggo – Matic, Grünwald, Sax – Monschein, Edomwonyi
Last matches of Austria Vienna:
- 09.02.2019 – Austria Vienna Vs. Traiskirchen 9: 0 (friendly)
- 08.02.2019 – Austria Vienna Vs. Trencin 2: 2 (friendly)
- 30.01.2019 – Austria Vienna Vs. Red Star Belgrade 0: 3 (friendly)
- 25.01.2019 – Austria Vienna Vs. Dinamo Zagreb 2: 0 (Friendly Match)
- 19.01.2019 – Austria Vienna Vs. Ried 3: 2 (friendly)
GAK vs. Austria Vienna Direct Comparison
The two traditional clubs have already played countless games against each other. However, these games are all back several years. For the last time the GAK and Austria Vienna faced each other in the Austrian Bundesliga in the 2006/07 season. Relevant for the Cup quarter-finals, the previous games between these two teams by no means.
GAK v Austria Austria Best Bet of the Day
Although the first Cup quarter-final includes two traditional teams, but still has to be classified in the category “David against Goliath”. The starting position is clear and a failure of the violets from Vienna favorites would be a great sensation. Although the GAK is certainly not an “ordinary third tier”, the difference in quality can not be denied. The offered odds between the GAK and Austria Vienna for a tip on the home win (8.00) are certainly set too low.
Key facts – GAK vs Austria Vienna tips
The GAK is in the middle of preparation – the first league match will take place on the 9th of March!
In the 2006/07 season, the two teams faced each other for the last time!
For some players of the GAK, this game will be the career highlight and the nervousness will certainly also play a role. In addition, the GAK is in the middle of preparation, while for Vienna Austria just now that is completed. Physically, the favorite will certainly be a bit further. Both a tip that does not hit both teams at least once as well as a handicap success of the favorite sounds extremely promising. The GAK has hardly scored chances in the two previous friendly matches, we expect a similar picture against the Vienna Austria. Accordingly, the choice fell in the cup hit between the GAK and Austria Vienna on the tip that not both teams to score.
Betting tips: Both Team to score/No