The home derby (Sunday, 17:00) is not only about Vienna's number one, but also about fourth place, because: with a win, the Veilchen could overtake their city rivals in the table, after which there are only three rounds to play. Fourth place means direct qualification for Q3 of the UEFA Europa Conference League, fifth place means participation in the Bundesliga play-off for the last European Cup ticket (Q2 of the Conference League). Sporting director Manuel Ortlechner and coach Michael Wimmer give an outlook and a personnel update.
Sporting director Manuel Ortlechner: "We expect a certain reaction on Sunday, especially the performance in the first half against Sturm was not to our liking. Everybody has to take themselves by the nose to be there from the start. I think the responsibility lies with the players, they are professionals. But our players are also so self-reflective that they will slam it down from minute one on Sunday and deliver a great fight."
Coach Michael Wimmer: "We demand courage and consistency from the players. We expect 90 minutes of power, 90 minutes of being handy, 90 minutes of being up for it, to invest everything in order to bang everything out together with our fans, who would also have deserved a win once again. Everyone has to be able to look in the mirror after the game and then the reflection has to tell you: I invested everything I had inside. I stuck to the plan, sacrificed myself for the team and the club and wanted to win at all costs."
Doron Leidner is fit, has trained all week without pain and is definitely a topic for the squad or the starting eleven. Lucas Galvão (torn calf muscle) will start training on Friday, but is not yet a squad member. Andreas Gruber (ligament injury against Sturm) is also questionable for Sunday, as are Georg Teigl and Matthias Braunöder, who have been unable to train in recent days due to illness. Can Keles is still out with a hand injury, and the four long-term injuries Muki Husković, Ziad El Sheiwi, Florian Wustinger and Marko Raguž will not play again this season.