SV Kuchl vs FCPS Preview
Salzburg Regional League Matchday 8: SV Kuchl vs. FC Pinzgau Saalfelden
September 11 2020 (19:00 CET), Sportplatz Kuchl
How To Watch:
English Stream – FCPS.at or facebook.com/fcpinzgau
German Stream – laola1.tv (Austria only)
Founded in 1954, SV Kuchl spent their early existence languishing in the lower leagues and even lost 23-0 to ASK Salzburg – still a club-record defeat to this day – shortly after their formation. They did win four lower-league titles in the 40 years that followed, but the most successful chapters of their story came after the turn of the millennium.
They gained promotion to the Salzburger Liga, the fourth tier, in 2010 courtesy of a 7-3 victory over SV Schwarzach in the relegation/promotion play-off and then went up to the newly-created Regionalliga Salzburg in 2019.
Gerhard Struber, who coached Austrian Bundesliga outfit Wolfsberger AC during their memorable Europa League campaign last season before joining English Championship club Barnsley, started his youth career at SV Kuchl.
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden boss Christian Ziege will be without defender Denis Kahrimanovic, who tore the ACL in his right knee at the weekend, and midfielder Alexander Gadenstätter, who is recovering from a knock sustained against Salzburger AK.
The quartet of Simon Ollert, Raphael Streitwieser, Michael Viehhauser and David Rathgeb are all still out with various injuries too, although Lukas Schubert has been cleared to play after missing the last match with a thigh problem.
SV Kuchl struggled last term, finishing ninth in the table and only amassing 13 points throughout the regular season – the same number they already have on the board after just seven games of the 2020/21 campaign.
Their main goal threat is likely to come from forward Christoph Hübl, who joined the club in the summer and already has five goals to his name – more than any other player in the division except for Marco Hödl of Austria Salzburg, who has netted seven times.
Having made an inconsistent start to the campaign, FCPS returned to winning ways in their last fixture as they became the first team to beat USK Anif this season. The 1-0 home victory came courtesy of a magical long-range strike from Alfusainey Jatta. SV Kuchl, meanwhile, made an excellent start to the season. But after beating Austria Salzburg 4-1 to go top of the table on Matchday 6, they then lost 3-2 to bottom-of-the-table SV Grödig last time out.
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden have won four, drawn one and lost seven of their previous 12 meetings with SV Kuchl. The Mountainous Pine Blues enjoyed the upper hand last season, however, winning 3-0 at home in August and 3-2 away in October.