PREVIEW: RZ PELLETS WAC/ST. ANDRÄ - LASK
CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Friday, November 4, 2011
Walter Schachner's men from Linz make a trip south to Carinthia on Friday with a chance to close the gap between them and the current runners-up of the Erste Liga.
With more than a few injury worries in his roster, Schachner will look to American Shawn Barry to bolster the defense against the league's highest-scoring squad.
Regulars Ali Hamdemir and Florian Templ continue their convalescence, and backups Lukas Kragl and Florian Metz will also keep the injury bench warm. Ulrich Winkler will also be missing on a two-game suspension for picking up a straight red card in last Saturday's 2-1 win over SV Scholz Grödig.
The former Bundesliga club is clinging onto the third spot with four games left before the two-month winter break, and need a win to keep the pressure on league-leading SCR Altach, just five points ahead.
Having plowed 41 goals past the competition this season, the Wolves sit neck-and-neck with Altach, still five goals behind on differential.
Wolves skipper Nenad Bjelica brings his squad into Friday's game on a high after a gutsy 3-2 win last weekend at First Vienna FC 1894, thanks to a 82nd minute strike from Christian Falk, his league-leading 14th of the season. Bjelica also faces no major absentees in his squad.