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Austrian Cup Odds

Austrian Cup

Who wins the Austrian Cup 2017/2018?

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The 84th season of the Austrian Cup (ÖFB-Samsung-Cup) will begin in July. 64 teams across five divisions will fight for a spot in the next UEFA Europa League. Red Bull Salzburg is the defending champion, winning by 2-1 in a thrilling final match against SK Rapid Wien the past season.

Red Bull Salzburg is dominating the national scene since 2011, winning five times the Bundesliga and the National Cup, winning both of them in a row since the 2013-14 season. It's easy to put them as the main candidates for the title this year again. Their dominance relies heavily in the financial status that the club has. Since their refundation in 2005, RBS achieved success by having a squad that has more quality and quantity than their rivals. Let's state this fact to support this idea: While RBS have 21 foreigner players in a squad with 29 players, most of the teams competing in the Bundesliga have 10 foreigners in average. The quality of the foreigners they can sign gives them an advantage over the other teams. Players such as Hee-Chan Hwang, Takumi Minamino and the braizilian Wanderson are too strong for the league. Not only this, but they also have the best austrian players in the competition. From the six home-based players called for the last national team call-up, four are from Red Bull Salzburg. The central midfielder Konrad Laimer and the winger Valentino Lazaro were key pieces the last season and now are being linked with german clubs.

Since the Cup rewards the team who wins a 90 minutes match in the final and not the consistent performance a team might have during the season, the main contenders that can aspire to battle the Red Bull's dominance are always somewhat well positioned for a surprise.

The current runner-ups, SK Rapid Wien, will need some important signings if they want to keep the performance. The past season prooved to be difficult for them in the Bundesliga, but they qualified for the UEFA Europa League this season due to their Cup performance. They retained their key player, the braizilian forward Joelinton, but he will need some more company in the attack if they want to have a chance. SK Sturm Graz is in a better position, with a more established squad. The austrian forward Deni Alaz had a very good season, which gave him the opportunity to play for the national team. With 16 goals scored the past season, he will be the main target of several clubs and Sturm Graz should retain him.

Austria Wien got the second place in the past Bundesliga and is also a team who can compete for a spot in the final match. The team managed by Thorsten Fink got good performances from players like the nigerian forward Olarenwaju Kayode and the brazilians Felipe Pires and Lucas Venuto. With a solid defense and good attackers in the forward line, they managed to have a good season. Now they'll have to deal with other clubs lurking for their players, and will have to replace some of them. If they do, they can repeat the great season they had.