SV Austria Salzburg vs FCPS Preview
Salzburg Regional League Matchday 11: SV Austria Salzburg vs. FC Pinzgau Saalfelden
September 26 2020 (17:00 CET), Max-Aicher-Stadion
How To Watch:
English Stream – FCPS.at or facebook.com/fcpinzgau
German Stream – laola1.tv (Austria only)
SV Austria Salzburg, originally founded in 1933, were arguably the most successful club in Austria in the 1990s. Then called SV Casino Salzburg, they won their first Bundesliga title in 1993/94 – the same year in which they became only the third Austrian club to reach a major European final, although they lost the UEFA Cup showpiece to Inter Milan.
Two more league titles followed in 1994/95 and 1996/97, but the tide began to turn a few years later. With Austria Salzburg underperforming and struggling with their finances, energy drinks manufacturer Red Bull bought the club in April 2005 and changed the name to Red Bull Salzburg. But SVAS fans were not happy with their new owners and founded a phoenix club that same year. They quickly rose through the footballing pyramid and even reached the second division in 2015, only to be relegated twice in successive seasons. They were then promoted back to the third tier at the end of the 2018/19 campaign.
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden head coach Christian Ziege will be without Simon Ollert and Michael Viehhauser, whose returns from the treatment room have been delayed, as well as long-term injury absentees Denis Kahrimanovic and Raphael Streitwieser.
The danger man for SV Austria Salzburg is forward Marco Hödl, who has scored over half of their 15 goals this term. The 23-year-old has found the net eight times in as many games – more than he managed in the entirety of last season.
Christian Ziege’s charges were rather inconsistent in the first half of the regular season, which they finished in mid-table with 13 points (W4 D1 L4). But a top-two finish is still very much in sight for the Mountainous Pine Blues, whose Matchday 10 clash at home to SV Wals-Grünau last Saturday was postponed due to positive coronavirus tests in the opposition camp and will now take place on Tuesday 29 September (19:00 CET).
Meanwhile, second-placed SV Austria Salzburg made a storming start to the season and lost only once in their first six matches – a 4-1 defeat to current-table toppers SV Kuchl, whom they trail by three points having played a game fewer. But they have stumbled recently, drawing 1-1 away to bottom-of-the-table SV Wals-Grünau and losing 3-1 at home to third-placed Seekirchen. Their Matchday 10 clash with SV Grödig was also postponed due to the coronavirus.
The 2-0 win for SV Austria Salzburg on Matchday 2 means that the two clubs go into the return fixture with a completely even head-to-head record. FCPS have won seven and lost seven of their previous 14 meetings with SVAS. There has never been a draw in this fixture.