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Salzburg Regional League Matchday 10: FC Pinzgau Saalfelden vs. SV Wals-Grünau

September 29 2020 (19:00 CET), Saalfelden Arena

How To Watch:

English Stream – FCPS.at or facebook.com/fcpinzgau

German Stream – laola1.tv (Austria only)

The Opposition

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. They could not maintain that form the following season and finished 12th in what was then a 16-team league, but were fifth in the table last term before the campaign was cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

Team News

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden head coach Christian Ziege will still be without the injured trio of Denis Kahrimanovic (cruciate ligament), Alexander Gadenstätter (adductors) and Raphael Streitwieser (ankle).

They will be joined in the treatment room by left-back Oliver Valentine, who is currently suffering from a knee problem and will not be available to play.

The top scorer for SV Wals-Grünau this season is Moussa David Dembele, who has found the net three times since the start of the campaign. Fellow forwards Matthias Pichler and Christian Schnöll have chipped in with two goals each as well.

Recent Form

Although they were beaten away from home by Austria Salzburg last time out, Christian Ziege’s charges have not lost on their own turf since mid-August. Their draw with SK Bischofshofen at the Saalfelden Arena was followed by home wins against USK Anif and TSV McDonald’s St. Johann, leaving the Mountainous Pine Blues with a respectable home record of two wins, one draw and one defeat this term.

Opponents SV Wals-Grünau are currently rooted to the bottom of the table with seven points from 10 games (W2 D1 L7). They have played at least one game more than the three teams directly above them too – meaning that Franz Aigner’s charges, who have shipped 22 goals this season, face a real battle to stay in the division.

Head-To-Head Record

Thanks to their 3-1 victory on the opening day of the season, FC Pinzgau Saalfelden have the slightly superior head-to-head record against SV Wals-Grünau. They have won nine, drawn one and lost eight of the previous 18 meetings between the clubs.