CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Thursday, October 18, 2012
The Austrian Bundesliga regroups this weekend with Terrence Boyd and Rapid looking for payback in the second Viennese derby of the season.
With a tight race at the top of the Austrian Bundesliga and four Europa League games to prepare for, Rapid striker Terrence Boyd will be well rested for this weekend's encounter after not taking part in the recent U.S. national squad qualifiers.
The 303rd meeting between the two crosstown rivals sees both squads on even terms in the standings with 23 points, and a point behind leaders Red Bull Salzburg. The Violets stole the show in Rapid's home turf in their previous clash this season, an embarrassing 3-0 wipeout for the hosts that sparked a six-game tear for Austria. However, the Violets have yet to find the win column in their last three games.
Coach Peter Schöttel is still concerned about Rapid captain Steffen Hoffman, who took a ball in the area of his right eye during training two weeks ago. The German talisman will receive tests on Friday to see if he is fit to suit up.
Most importantly winger Christopher Drazan returns from a long spell on the injury bench, in addition to backups Michael Schimpelsberger and Boris Prokopic.
The "Austrianers" and coach Peter Stöger have no major injury worries to report.