Hartberg vs. Salzburg Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 6, 2022 19:30 CET
Salzburg suffered a shocking loss against Sturm last week and they will now be highly motivated to make up against Hartberg.
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Four years ago, Hartberg were promoted to the Austrian Bundesliga for the first time in club’s history. A season later, they even managed to finish in fifth place which earned them a spot in the Europa League qualifying. However, they were eliminated already in the first match against Piast. Last year, Hartberg struggled until the very end and finished the season with only one point more than last placed Admira who were relegated.
Between two seasons, Hartberg didn’t change the squad much. This means that a very difficult battle to avoid relegation awaits them again. In the first two rounds, they recorded one win and one loss. Hartberg beat Altach 2:1 at home, while last week they lost away to Tirol by the same score.
It would be very good for Hartberg if they could get enough points in the first 10 rounds to avoid being at the very bottom. This weekend, they have absolutely nothing to expect against Salzburg. If by some miracle they played a draw, it would be one of the biggest sensations.
A few months ago, Salzburg won ninth consecutive title. They don’t have real competitors in Austria for a long time. The only question is related to the point difference on the table between Salzburg and second-placed club. Their focus was completely shifted to Europe, where this club achieved the best result in the club’s history last season.
After being eliminated in the group stage for two years in a row, Salzburg reached the Champions League round of 16 last season. They finished in second place in a group with Lille, Wolfsburg and Sevilla. In the round of 16, they played 1:1 against Bayern in first game, but in the second leg they experienced a debacle in Munich when it was 7:1 for Bavarians. Salzburg wants to at least repeat the identical result this season, but it won’t be easy at all.
A lot of players have been changed. They earned over 75 million euros from Brenden Aaronson, Karim Adeyemi and Rasmus Kristensen sales. They invested that money in bringing in talented Lucas Gourna-Douath, Karim Konate, Strahinja Pavlovic and Fernando.
Salzburg defeated Hartberg in the last six matches between these two clubs. In total, they played 11 times. Salzburg won in 10 occasions, while once it was a draw.
Kamil Piatkowski, Bryan Okoh, Lucas Gourna-Douath, Ousmane Diakite, Samson Tijani and Justin Omoregie are unavailable for Salzburg due to injuries. However, only Gourna-Douath is notable missing here. On the other side, all players are available for Hartberg.
Hartberg vs. Salzburg Prediction
Last week, Salzburg unexpectedly lost 2:1 against Sturm. When this happens to a team like this, you should always expect a reaction in the next round. Unfortunately for Hartberg, Salzburg will probably use all the force to make up for the poor performance against Sturm.
Date and Time: 06.08.2022 19:30 CET
Pick: Salzburg -1.5