DAVID SMITH - Friday, September 26, 2014
Conor O'Brien will try to ride the momentum from their cup win to league success against Ried while Shawn Barry and Linz will look to continue their impressive run through the Ersta Liga.
SC Wiener Neustadt - SV Ried
After squeaking into the next round of the cup thanks to a dramatic shoot-out win on Wednesday, Conor O'Brien and Wiener Neustadt will try to regain a hold on their faltering league campaign on Saturday when they host Ried.
Neustadt and local rivals Admira Wacker put on another entertaining display on Wednesday, with O'Brien and his teammates finally coming away victorious in a penalty shoot-out following 2-2 deadlock over 120 minutes.
The team will need to display that kind of fight in league action to avoid falling back into the division's lone relegation spot, and have a good chance to begin their recovery in front of the home crowd on Saturday.
Their opponents Ried have only won once through nine games, and while they have not been spectacularly bad, their inability to string together a solid 90 minutes has them at the bottom staring up at the rest of the league.
The lone win by Ried was a 3-1 opening-day victory over Neustadt, so O'Brien and his teammates will certainly be out for a bit of revenge in Saturday's rematch.
Neustadt will be missing Dennis Mimm to a red card suspension while Ried are not reporting any absences.
LASK Linz - SKN St. Pölten
Shawn Barry and Linz will be looking for revenge on Friday afternoon when they host SKN St. Pölten.
St. Pölten are responsible for one of the only two losses Linz have suffered thus far this season, beating the Linzers in a tightly contested 1-0 game back in mid-August.
Linz will be confident of making up for that loss on Friday, as they have been strong form in recent weeks, losing only once in their last seven across all competitions.
They are in the midst of a tight three-game race atop the division standings, and are only two points off of league-leading Liefering.
St. Pölten have been fairly dire as of late, with last weekend's league win over Kapfenberg the lone bright spot among a series of poor performances over their last seven games.
Neither team is reporting any absences.
Keith Cardona is unlikely to take part on Friday evening when Liefering try to protect their first-place standing on their trip to second-bottom team Austria Lustenau.