The Lower Austrian outfit once more proved all critics wrong who expected them to being forced fighting against relegation this season. But with six matches still to play, Ernst Baumeister’s team sit comfortably in fifth place.
Admira – who lost 2-6 against Austrian soccer powerhouse Red Bull Salzburg – face Rapid away from home on Sunday (kickoff: 4.30pm). The Green-Whites suffered a bitter 2-3 extra time cup defeat in Graz against Sturm Graz, the league champs of 2011, last night. The defeat comes just days after a glorious 4-0 victory over city rivals FK Austria.
Rapid look back on four league wins in a row but Admira is one of the few Bundesliga competitors who have managed to cause trouble in nearly all of their recent encounters. Rapid produced a performance of embarrassing poverty in February when they were beaten 0-1 due to a late own goal by Mario Pavelic. Only a few days ago, news have emerged that the Rapid right-back will quite certainly join Croatian club HNK Rijeka.
Rapid bosses have meanwhile set their sights on Sturm Graz star Marvin Potzmann and SV Mattersburg goal machine Smail Prevljak. Andreas Kuen is expected to jump ship after just 12 mostly short appearances so far this season while rock-solid defender Lucas Galvao might exit for the German Bundesliga.
The Bundesliga after 30 of 36 rounds:
Red Bull Salzburg, 68 points
Sturm Graz, 60
SK Rapid, 52
FK Austria, 39
St. Pölten, 10