🆚 SV Wals-Grünau v FC Pinzgau Saalfelden
🏆 Salzburg Regional League Matchday 19
🏟️ Sportplatz Grünau
🕖 March 11, 2023 (15:00 CET) 🇦🇹 (9:00am EDT) 🇺🇸
With the opening match against SV Wals-Grünau, the three-month winter break comes to an end for FC Pinzgau Saalfelden next Saturday. Exactly 120 days after the victory in the supplementary match against SV Seekirchen – it was the sixth league win in a row – it is again about important three points for the team of Markus Fürstaller. The Pinzgauers want to stay close to the leading duo with a full victory, keep the pressure up in the remaining rounds in the basic round and finally shake off SV Wals Grünau (currently fourth in the table with 30 points) in the fight for third place. The anticipation is high for all involved, especially since the first match after an intensive training phase will be an important assessment for the remaining games.
Though founded back in 1957, it has only been since the appointment of Franz Aigner as head coach in 2016 that SV Wals-Grünau have started to enjoy some noteworthy success. The St. Johann im Pongau native guided SVWG to a first-place finish in the Salzburger Liga in his first full season in charge and followed that up with seventh place in the Regionalliga West in 2017/18 – the best placement in the club’s history. However, they could not maintain that form the following year and finished twelfth in what was then a sixteen-team league.
After his exclusion in the last match before the winter break, Michael Noggler will miss the spring kick-off in Grünau.
“We have used the last few weeks very well for us, set important accents and were able to continue our positive trend. We are very satisfied with the preparation, except for a few small things, and look forward to the game against Wals-Grünau with a lot of confidence. No easy task awaits us at the start, but we will try to ensure an optimal start to the spring. The Flachgauer are an important gauge right away and we will see where we stand in the direct comparison.”
With five wins and a draw from their last six meetings, FCPS have fared well against their opponent in recent times and have a superior overall head-to-hear record with 12 wins, two draws against (early) eight defeats.