FCPS vs SK Bischofshofen Preview
Salzburg Regional League Matchday 5: FC Pinzgau Saalfelden vs. SK Bischofshofen
August 29 2020 (17:00 CET), Saalfelden Arena
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 Blues & 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 the injured trio of Simon Ollert (scaphoid fracture), Raphael Streitwieser (foot problem) and Michael Viehhauser (bone marrow edema). There is a fresh injury concern in the camp too: David Rathgeb will be unavailable to play due to a back problem.
SK Bischofshofen finished the 2019/20 regular season rooted to the bottom of the table (only one point and a -64 goal difference) and would surely have been relegated had the season not been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bosnian Damir Spica was appointed as head coach this summer and has already overseen an overhaul of the squad.
FCPS have been hampered by inconsistency in the opening weeks of the 2020/21 campaign, beating strugglers SV Wals-Grünau and SV Grödig but tasting defeat at the hands of SV Austria Salzburg and SV Seekirchen. SK Bischofshofen, meanwhile, ended a 30-game winless run in the league by beating SV Wals-Grünau on Matchday 2. Like the Mountainous Pine Blues, they currently sit in mid-table with six points from their four games.
FC Pinzgau have been the dominant force in meetings between the two clubs, with six wins, six draws and two defeats in their 14 previous fixtures against Bischofshofen. The Mountainous Pine Blues ran riot in their two clashes last season, winning 10-1 on home turf in September and claiming a 4-0 victory in Bischofshofen at the end of October.