Series champion RB Salzburg has his eleventh victory in the eleventh game of the season in his sights and FC Wacker is prepared for a defensive battle in the bull arena.
Innsbruck – Admittedly, everything speaks against FC Wacker – but in today’s guest appearance of the Black Greens at 5 pm in the Bullen-Arena, the roles are so clearly distributed. A glance at the table, the odds in the betting offices (all in double digits) and the record series of the insatiable Salzburger make this clear. Anything but the eleventh victory in the eleventh game of the season would be a big surprise for the table leader.
“That’s all true. Salzburg is a very stable, extremely strong team. The winning streak is very impressive. They always win, even deservedly, but not with a high goal difference,” Karl Daxbacher knows that the grapes in the bull arena are extremely high. But the Wacker coach also relies on the quality of his team: “We have to believe in that, because in football every series is once again torn. What do the Tyroleans expect today? “A defensive battle. We have to knock everything in, we shouldn’t hide too much and use rooms for counterattacks, if they open up at all,” says Daxbacher. Hidajet Hankic represents injured Christopher Knett in the FCW goal, Zlatko Dedic plays for the battered Patrik Eler in the attack right from the start. These are the only changes from the 1-0 home win against LASK two weeks ago. In the central defence, Lukas Hupfauf and Manuel Maranda will play alongside defensive boss Matthias Maak. “I am looking forward to this game. Also against the LASK one did not trust us much. It will be damn hard, but we will remember our strength and will give everything”, the 21-year-old Hupfauf has more lust than nervous flutter before the appearance against the bull herd.
Marco Rose’s troupe stands before the 50th Heimpflichtspiel without defeat at their first appearance after the country match break. “We have to resume the flow we had last time,” said Rose. The counter-pressing specialists are holding on to the league in Wals-Siezenheim with 33 games in a row without defeat. “You shouldn’t worry about it,” Rose said about the home run, which began on December 3, 2016. For Stefan Lainer it means one thing after all: “That gives you a certain security and a belief in your own strength.
Of course, you shouldn’t have to worry about Innsbruck anyway. Even if Rose warns of a “really unpleasant opponent who relies heavily on switching games”. The self-confidence of the Mozart city dwellers is, in any case, enormous. No wonder, after all, 16 wins and 2 draws have been won in 18 season games to date.
The game will be played on the new pitch, which was moved to Celtic Glasgow the day after the 2-0 win. On this underground, the success of twelve undefeated league games (eight wins, four draws) against Innsbruck will also be prolonged. City Bingo offers traditional games along with other side games in each bingo room.