🆚 SV Grödig v FC Pinzgau Saalfelden
🏆 Salzburg Regional League Matchday 15
🏟️ Untersberg Arena
🕖 October 14, 2022 (16:30 CET) 🇦🇹 (12:30am EDT) 🇺🇸
After the return-to-form success against BSK 1933, FC Pinzgau Saalfelden goes on the road to meet bottom-of-the-table Grödig on Friday evening. At the foot of the Untersberg, Markus Fürstaller’s team has never had an easy time previously, so they are definitely warned ahead of the second duel of the season. The fact is that the Pinzgauers have to confirm last weekend’s victory and want to add to it, even though Grödig has always shown itself to be an extremely unpleasant opponent.
⏫ Opposition ⏫
SV Grödig became a household name in Austrian football after gaining promotion to the Bundesliga in 2012/13. They finished third – ahead of the likes of Austria Vienna and Sturm Graz – in a stellar debut top-flight campaign under current Borussia Mönchengladbach coach Adi Hütter and even qualified for the Europa League preliminaries, although they were eliminated on away goals in the third round by FC Zimbru Chișinău of Moldova.
Hütter subsequently joined perennial champions Salzburg. Without him, Grödig finished a lowly eighth the following season and were then relegated from the top division in 2015/16. Rather than playing in the second tier, they opted to forego their professional license due to financial reasons and have played in the regional leagues ever since.
⏫ Team News ⏫
Felix Adjei and Ratan Dudaew will have to make do with the role of spectator until the end of the year.
⏫ Statement ⏫
Markus Fürstaller: “You definitely can’t underestimate Grödig. They have a lot of young but also dynamic players with a lot of power forward in their ranks. I watched the game against Kuchl on Tuesday. It was an open exchange of blows, especially in the first half. We definitely don’t have an easy task ahead of us. We want to take the positive snapshot from the BSK game and continue it in the long term. It’s important that we act courageously and put our stuff back on the pitch.”
⏫ Head-To-Head ⏫
Grödig have the upper hand in this pairing with eight victories, while there have also been six Pinzgau wins and five draws.
The last time the two teams met in Saalfelden in August, Pinzgau dominated with a 5-0 result with doubles from the Captain Tandari and Semir Gvozdjar.