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FCPS vs. USK Anif Preview

Salzburg Regional League Matchday 7: FC Pinzgau Saalfelden vs. USK Anif

September 5 2020 (17:00 CET), Saalfelden Arena

How To Watch:

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

German Stream – laola1.tv (Austria only)

The Opposition

USK Anif were founded back in 1947, but it was not until the 1970s that they began to make a name for themselves. Their greatest achievement came when they were promoted to the Austrian second tier in 1978, although they picked up only eight points all season – a record low in the division to this day – and were immediately relegated.

In 2010, USK Anif became Red Bull Salzburg’s feeder club and were later renamed FC Liefering. FC Anif were subsequently re-founded and entered into a cooperation with the Red Bull Juniors. Promotion to the third tier followed in 2014/15 – at which point the cooperation with the RB Juniors was terminated and the club started playing as USK Anif once again.

Team News

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden boss Christian Ziege is still without the injured quartet of Simon Ollert (scaphoid fracture), Raphael Streitwieser (foot problem), Michael Viehhauser (bone marrow edema) and David Rathgeb (back pain).

They could be joined in the treatment room by Lukas Schubert, whose involvement is doubtful after sustaining a thigh injury in midweek. But Alfusainey Jatta is back in contention to play after missing the last two matches.

USK Anif were one of the stronger teams in the Salzburg Regional League last term, finishing the regular season in fourth place and becoming the only team to take points off SAK 1914 when they drew 4-4 at the HCS-Arena Nonntal on the opening day of the season.

René Zia was the danger man for Anif last season. The defensive midfielder was the top-scorer for the club and the third-highest scorer in the division, notching 11 goals.

Recent Form

While sixth-placed FC Pinzgau Saalfelden have endured a rocky start to the season, with two wins, one draw and three defeats from their opening six matches, fourth-placed USK Anif will probably be rather more satisfied: Georg Hauthaler’s charges (W2 D3) have picked up nine points and kept three clean sheets in their five games this season.

Head-To-Head Record

FC Pinzgau Saalfelden have won two and lost nine of their previous 11 meetings with USK Anif. Both of those victories came last season, with the Mountainous Pine Blues triumphing 1-0 in Saalfelden in mid-August and 5-1 in Anif in early October.