Bischofshofen Sportklub 1933 vs. FCPS Preview
Salzburg Regional League Matchday 14: SK Bischofshofen vs. FC Pinzgau Saalfelden
October 17 2020 (15:00 CET), Sportplatz Bischofshofen
How To Watch:
English Stream – FCPS.at or facebook.com/fcpinzgau
German Stream – laola1.tv (Austria only)
Founded back in 1933, Sportklub Bischofshofen are among the most storied clubs in the Salzburg Regional League. The real glory days came between the mid-1950s and mid-1970s, a period during which the Blue & Whites became state champions of Salzburg nine times and even achieved promotion to the Austrian top flight in 1971. But the Nationalliga, as it was known at the time, proved to be a step too far for the newcomers, who finished the 1971/72 season bottom of the table with only eight points (one win and six draws) on the board.
Several relegations followed in the ensuing decades, with the club reaching its lowest ebb when it dropped down into the fifth division in 1999. After the best part of 20 years languishing in the backwaters of Austrian football, Bischofshofen recently achieved two promotions in close succession and have been back in the third tier since the 2018/19 season.
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden boss Christian Ziege is still without long-term injury absentees Denis Kahrimanovic (cruciate ligament), Alexander Gadenstätter (adductors), Raphael Streitwieser (ankle) and Oliver Valentine (knee).
Shot-stopper Henrik Regnitnig, who has a heel injury, and Niklas Seiler, who is suspended after picking up five bookings, will both miss the Bischofshofen match too.
Alfusainey Jatta and Niklas Mühlbacher both sustained injuries in the last game: the Gambian requires a shoulder operation and faces three months on the sidelines, while the Austrian is still carrying a knock and is doubtful for the weekend.
SK Bischofshofen will be without the banned Goran Antunovic, who has also been booked five times this season and must now serve a one-game suspension.
Following their defeats at the hands of SV Grödig and SV Seekirchen over the past fortnight, FC Pinzgau now sit in sixth place in the table having lost back-to-back home games for the first time all season. Two places and six points above them in the Salzburg Regional League are SK Bischofshofen, who have won each of their last three matches without conceding a goal – 1-0 vs. SV Wals-Grünau, 2-0 vs. SV Austria Salzburg and 1-0 vs. SV Grödig.
The most common outcome when the two clubs meet is a draw, with seven of the 15 previous meetings – including the reverse fixture this season (2-2) – ending in stalemate. Of the remaining eight fixtures against SKB, FCPS have won six and lost only two.