The final game of the season is upon us, but there is very little left to settle in the Bundesliga other than the positions of a couple of mid table sides. Salzburg make the trip to Vienna having tied up the title a long time ago, after once again dominating the Bundesliga. Vienna have had a really poor season, having slipped from runners-up in the previous campaign to a likely seventh place finish this time around. Insult could well be added to injury for the hosts this weekend, with Salzburg hoping to rub their rivals noses in it with victory over them on the final day of the season.
Salzburg hammered Austria Vienna 5-0 when the pair locked horns for their reverse league fixture in March. Red Bull stretched their unbeaten run against Vienna to sixteen games, and kicked things off with a seventeenth minute opener from André Ramalho. Minamino scored twice in eight second half minutes make the scoreline 3-0 with twenty-three minutes left on the clock. The unfortunate Klein diverted the ball into the back of his own net to stretch the homes sides lead to four and the scoring was completed in the final minute when Onguéné was set up by Haidara. Vienna actually saw more of the ball over the ninety minutes, but did very little with it, and their hosts were at their clinical best in front of goal, converting five of their seven shots on target.
With five wins and one defeat from their last six matches in league and cup, its the champions Salzburg who head into the final game of the season against Vienna as the clear form favourites. The hosts have been in dreadful form during the latter stages of the campaign, losing five of their last six and picking up just a single draw. With the two sides playing the way they are we’re expecting plenty of goals on Sunday, especially as three of each clubs last six matches have produced over 2.5 goals. Five of the last seven matches between these two clubs have also witnessed at least three goals, and Salzburg have won every single one of those games. The home sides defensive record of late is dire, with Vienna conceding twelve goals in their last six matches, while Salzburg have looked excellent going forward scoring thirteen goals during that same period of games.
Holzhauser top scores in the league for Austria Vienna with ten goals, but he is the only player in the home squad to have reached double figures. Israeli international striker Dabour has netted an impressive twenty-two goals in the Bundesliga this season and top scores for Salzburg, but Norway’s Gulbrandsen has eleven and will also provide a serious threat to the Vienna defence.
We’re confident that Salzburg will win on the final day of the season and over 2.5 goals will be scored in the process. The visitors have been untouchable this season and seem to be ending the season in top form and we can’t see Vienna standing any chance on Sunday. In terms of a finals core we’re backing Salzburg to secure a comfortable 3-1 victory.
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These two teams have met 191 times before, and with 79 wins, 46 draws, and 66 defeats its Austria Vienna that lead the head to head record. Salzburg are currently sixteen games unbeaten against Vienna across league and cup.
Brazilian Lucas Venuto had to be taken off in the thirty-ninth minute of Vienna’s last game and might not be fit in time to take part in the final game of the season, and veteran defender Westermann, De Paula and Felipe Pires could also miss the game through injury.
Wolf misses the game through suspensions, while teammates Ulmer, Lainer, and Valon Berisha are rated as doubtful due to injury.