SV Seekirchen vs. FCPS Preview
Salzburg Regional League Matchday 4: SV Seekirchen vs. FC Pinzgau Saalfelden
August 22 2020 (17:00 CET), Sportzentrum Aug
How To Watch:
English Stream – FCPS.at or facebook.com/fcpinzgau
German Stream – laola1.tv (Austria only)
SV Seekirchen, who are based in the town of Seekirchen am Wallersee, were founded in 1945 shortly after the Second World War came to an end. However, they spent the first half a century of their existence languishing in the lower leagues of Austrian football and it was not until 1997 that SVS climbed to the third tier for the first time in their history. They spent the next few seasons yo-yoing between divisions but have now been in the third tier without interruption since regaining promotion ahead of the 2002/03 campaign.
Several youngsters who came through the club’s ranks in the late 1980s and early 1990s went on to become household names in Austrian football, with Robert Ibertsberger, Andreas Ibertsberger and Thomas Winklhofer all representing their country on multiple occasions. More recently, Stefan Lainer has excelled with Red Bull Salzburg, Borussia Mönchengladbach and the Austrian national team since coming through the Seekirchen academy.
FC Pinzgau Saalfelden boss Christian Ziege is still without the injured trio of Simon Ollert (scaphoid fracture), Raphael Streitwieser (foot problem) and Michael Viehhauser (bone marrow edema). They could be joined in the treatment room by Niklas Mühlbacher and Harry Cooksley, who are both doubtful with hand and hip issues respectively.
SV Seekirchen finished third in the regular season table last term, 13 points adrift of second-placed FCPS. Michael Aigner and Timo Neuhofer will likely be the danger men for coach Alexander Schriebl’s side: the strike duo finished fourth and fifth in the scoring charts respectively last season, notching a combined 21 goals.
FCPS returned to winning ways in midweek courtesy of a comfortable 2-0 victory at SV Grödig. The Mountainous Pine Blues had previously beaten SV Wals-Grünau 3-1 away on the opening day and then suffered a 2-0 defeat to Austria Salzburg in their first home game. Opponents SV Seekirchen opened their campaign with a goalless draw away to USK Anif, before beating SV Grödig 4-3 at home and losing 3-0 at SV Kuchl.
SV Seekirchen have the marginally superior head-to-head record. They have won seven of the previous 19 meetings between the two teams, while FCPS have claimed six victories and there have been six stalemates too. Last season FCPS triumphed 2-0 on their visit to Sportzentrum Aug, while the return fixture at the Saalfelden Arena ended 1-1.