|The 31st round in the tipp3-Bundesliga will be completed on Sunday with the fixture SK Rapid Wien against SK Sturm Graz at the Hanappi Stadium. The last matchday brought for both clubs a draw - Rapid in the derby at Austria Wien (0:0) and Sturm at home against RB Salzburg (2:2).
SK Rapid Wien counts in the season finish as hardest rival for league leader Red Bull Salzburg. The record champion Rapid is only one point behind RB Salzburg. The direct meeting on matchday 33 could bring a preliminary decision in the title race, however, this week Rapid will host last year's champion SK Sturm Graz. Schöttel's side earned 7 points in previous three league games, the last round brought a goalless draw in the derby at Austria Wien. Manager Schöttel will miss Prokopic and Katzer through injuries.
SK Sturm Graz have only a small chance to defend the championship title. Currently they have a 8-point-deficit to league leader Red Bull Salzburg. Last year's champion Sturm Graz is the strongest home team in the tipp3-Bundesliga 2011/12, on the other side they are the second-weakest away team (1 win, 7 draws, 7 defeats) and hence Sturm Graz is only fifth in the table. Interims manager Thomas Kristl will have to pass on some key-players like Säumel, Dudic, Weber or Szabics. SK Rapid Wien - SK Sturm Graz
tipp3-Bundesliga: 31st Round
Date: 22 April, 2012 - 16:00 CET
Stadium: Hanappi Stadium, Vienna
Referee: Thomas Gangl
SK Rapid Wien:
Defenders: Schimpelsberger, Sonnleitner, Pichler, Schrammel
Midfielders: Heikkinen, Kulovits - Trimmel, Hofmann, Grozurek
Manager: Peter Schöttel
Injured: Prokopic, Katzer
Booked: SK Sturm Graz:
Defenders: Standfest, Neuhold, T. Burgstaller, Klem
Midfielders: Koch - Hölzl, Bukva, Kröpfl, Kainz
Manager: Thomas Kristl
Injured: Weber, Feldhofer, Dudic, Szabics, Säumel, Pürcher
SK Rapid Wien is unbeaten at the Hanappi Stadium in this season (8 wins, 5 draws). Rapid's only home defeat results from the first season derby against Austria Wien, but this derby was played at the Happel Stadium.
Referee will be Thomas Gangl (season statistic Bundesliga: 11 games, 46 yellow cars, 1 yellow-red card).
Last meeting: 25.2.2012, Sturm Graz - Rapid Wien 0:0
Wins SK Rapid Wien: 71
Wins SK Sturm Graz: 45
|Current form Bundesliga (W - Win, D - Draw, L - Loss)
SK Rapid Wien - W/L/W/W/D
SK Sturm Graz - W/D/D/W/D
Rapid Wien is unbeaten at the Hanappi Stadium since Peter Schöttel manages the club (8 wins, 5 draws). Rapid Wien have won the first season meeting at the Hanappi Stadium and also this time they will win the top match against Sturm Graz.
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