- Sturm Graz have lost 3 straight games, conceding 11 goals.
- The visitors are injury-hit and down to just 1 senior centre-half.
- The last 5 meetings between these two have been won by the home side.
Sturm Graz hurt more than just their pride in last weekend’s 5-1 hammering against Salzburg. Two red cards – both for centre-halves Lucas Spendhofer and Isaac Donkor – have left them short this weekend. With Niklas Geyhofer also out, the club have one senior centre-half for this visit to Hartberg.
This issue compounds a dreadful restart for the visitors. They’re struggling to make it into the European mix after losing three games on the spin. They’ve lost their first three games since the restart by an aggregate of 11-2, so things could get even worse now they are down three centre-halves.
Hartberg have had a solid campaign, with two wins from their last three matches. They’re hoping to make home advantage work given that the home side has won the previous five encounters between these two. Given Sturm Graz’s current situation, our first prediction is another home win.
The hosts have had their defensive woes all season – conceding twice in nine of their previous 10 games at home. We can see another thriller for Hartberg, with 15 goals scored in their three games since the restart. As a result, a 3-2 home win is our correct score selection.
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