FCPS vs SV Grödig Preview
Salzburg Regional League Matchday 12: FC Pinzgau Saalfelden vs. SV Grödig
October 3 2020 (17:00 CET), Saalfelden Arena
How To Watch:
English Stream – FCPS.at or facebook.com/fcpinzgau
German Stream – laola1.tv (Austria only)
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 Eintracht Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter and even qualified for the Europa League preliminaries, although they were ultimately 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. But rather than playing in the second tier, they opted to forego their professional license for financial reasons and continued playing in the regional leagues. Grödig were seventh in the Salzburg Regional League last term before the season was cut short by the coronavirus.
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden head coach Christian Ziege still has to contend with the injury-enforced absences of Denis Kahrimanovic (cruciate ligament), Alexander Gadenstätter (adductors), Raphael Streitwieser (ankle) and Oliver Valentine (knee).
The biggest goal threat for SV Grödig will surely come from top scorer Mersudin Jukic, who has already found the net four times this season. The 35-year was the most prolific marksman in the entire division last term, scoring a remarkable 22 times for former club Salzburger AK.
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden continued their good home form this season by beating SV Wals-Grünau 3-2 in midweek, with Lukas Schubert scoring a last-gasp winner to seal the points. The Mountainous Pine Blues, who moved to within three points of the top two following the victory, now boast three wins, one draw and only one defeat at the Saalfelden Arena this term.
SV Grödig struggled in the early weeks of the season, losing each of their opening five games, but recently went on a three-match winning streak that lifted them off bottom spot. That run was brought to an end on Saturday by high-flying SV Seekirchen, who inflicted a 4-2 home defeat upon Heimo Pfeifenberger’s charges. But ninth-placed SVG are still two points clear of bottom club SV Wals-Grünau and have two games in hand on their relegation rivals.
The Mountainous Pines Blues have tended to struggle against Grödig over the years, with three wins, three draws and six defeats from the previous 12 meetings. That said, FCPS are unbeaten in their last three clashes with SVG and won 2-0 in the away fixture earlier this season.