After a 2:2 against LASK the previous week, Austria (17 points) took a place in the table and outpaced their city rivals (16) and still trailed Linz by three points (20). Leader Salzburg (30) is currently three points ahead of closest pursuer Storm, but would take first place if there was a tie.
The role of the favorites on Sunday is clear. Salzburg have won their last eight Bundesliga matches against Austria and are unbeaten against Violet in 14. The Bulls have also not lost any of their last 37 home matches in the Bundesliga.
The task couldn’t be more challenging, but with courage and passion, the surprise must continue to succeed.
Sports Director Manuel Ortlechner: “The opening match in the main group against LASK showed how close the matches are in the final third of the championship, since the teams are at the same level. And more often than not, only the slightest negligence decides whether to win or lose. That’s why the “match in Salzburg is the perfect indicator for our boys. We want to try to surprise the favourites, with a brave and energetic look throughout the game!”
Coach Michael Wimmer: “Of course we were disappointed after last Sunday’s game, we would have liked to have taken it home 2-0 and would have loved to have started with a win. However, we worked through the game well, analyzed it and worked out our mistakes and now we want to do better again. We want to be brave in Salzburg and stick to our idea. We know it will be a real challenge, a great challenge against Austria’s top team. However, we want to play our game and try with heart and passion to counter the influence and power of Salzburg.”
While the Violets are in Salzburg, Austria Klagenfurt plays Hütteldorf at the same time.
“Unfortunately, Lucas Galvao tore a calf muscle during training this week, and he will be out for the time being. Apart from the long-term injury (note Muki Huskovic, Ziad El Chewi, Florian Stinger, Marco Ragoy), all the other players are available ”explains Wimmer .
Mirko Kos will be back in goal for the Young Violets on Friday night, and the competition for a place in the squad has finally opened up to players on the field.
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