FCPS vs TSV Mc Donalds St. Johann Preview
Salzburg Regional League Matchday 9: FC Pinzgau Saalfelden vs. TSV McDonald’s St. Johann
September 15 2020 (19:00 CET), Saalfelden Arena
How To Watch:
English Stream – FCPS.at or facebook.com/fcpinzgau
German Stream – laola1.tv (Austria only)
Turn- und Sportverein St. Johann im Pongau was founded in 1949 as a gymnastics and sports club with a football department. Their biggest achievement was to win the Salzburger Landesliga in 1970 and then spend two years playing in the Regionalliga West, which at the time was the second tier of Austrian football.
In 2007 the football department broke away to become an independent club, which was later renamed TSV McDonald’s St. Johann to include the name of its main sponsor. They became champions of the Salzburger Landesliga – by now the fourth tier – shortly afterwards in 2007/08 and have been plying their trade in the third tier ever since.
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden boss Christian Ziege will be without defender Denis Kahrimanovic, who is out with a long-term knee injury, and midfielders Alexander Gadenstätter and Raphael Streitwieser.
Forward and captain Tamas Tandari, who has been an FCPS player for 10 years, is set to make his 300th appearance for the club at the weekend.
TSV McDonald’s St. Johann coach Ernst Lottermoser is the joint longest-serving head coach in the Salzburg Regional League, having taken up the role prior to the 2016/17 season.
The biggest goal threat for his side is likely to come from 23-year-old forward Florian Ellmer, who has found the net three times this season.
FCPS suffered their fourth defeat on Matchday 8 as they were beaten 2-0 by a well-organised and counter-attacking SV Kuchl side. The Mountainous Pine Blues now sit seventh in the table with 10 points. One place and three points below them are TSV St. Johann, who have played one game fewer. Ernst Lottermoser’s charges, who lost to bottom-of-the-table SV Grödig last time out, have seven points from their opening seven matches (W2 D1 L4). But not a single one of those points have come away from home.
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden and TSV St. Johann are familiar foes, having faced each other on 25 previous occasions. The Mountainous Pine Blues have the inferior record overall (W6 D7 L12) but came out on top last season, drawing 1-1 at home and winning 2-1 away.