Preview: Rheindorf Altach vs. Red Bull Salzburg

Red Bull Salzburg travel 350 kilometres across Austria to the mountainous state of Vorarlberg this weekend as they prepare to come up against Rheindorf Altach in matchday 22’s round of fixtures.

When the two came up against each other four games into the season, it would take a moment of individual brilliance from Hannes Wolf in the 94th minute to secure all three points for his side. In the second meeting played in October, the Austrian would find himself on the score-sheet once again, but this time he was accompanied by fellow academy graduate Amadou Haidara in a 2-0 win at the Red Bull Arena.

Salzburg go into this week’s fixture having finally ended a three match drawing streak that had followed them into the winter break. With the game versus Flyeralarm Admira petering out with the scoreline at one-a-piece, the home fans must’ve been dreading the thought of a 4th Bundesliga draw in succession. Fortunately, André Ramalho had another idea. On the Brazilian’s 100th appearance and 2nd debut for the club, he headed Berisha’s free-kick past Leitner in goal to secure a victory for Salzburg with the final touch of the game, to send his side above Sturm Graz into 1st in the table.

Altach too were able to put a poor run of results to an end last weekend with a draw against 9th placed RZ Pellets WAC. Going into said fixture, the side based near Austria’s border for both Germany and Liechtenstein had a troublesome time preparing for the league’s restart. Losing their last three friendlies against Grasshopper, Pogoń Szczecin and Zürich without a goal to their name. Their goal  drought continued into the season, failing to score on their trip Wolfsberg as the home side dominated the game in almost every aspect. Despite this, the visitors were able to hold onto a 0-0 draw.


Match Information

Date: Saturday 10th February 2018.

Time: 16:00 (CET).

Venue: CASHPOINT Arena (capacity: 8,500).

Referee: Gerhard Grobelnik.

Broadcasting: Sky Sports (Austria).


Previous Meetings

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Red Bull Salzburg 2-0 CASHPOINT SCR Altach | CASHPOINT SCR Altach 0-1 Red Bull Salzburg | Red Bull Salzburg 1-0 CASHPOINT SCR Altach | CASHPOINT SCR Altach 0-5 Red Bull Salzburg | Red Bull Salzburg 4-1 CASHPOINT SCR Altach.


Current Form

CASHPOINT SCR Altach:  D | L | W | L | W

Red Bull Salzburg: W | D | D | D | W


Team News

CASHPOINT SCR Altach

Injured: Andreas Lukse (Shoulder) | Kristijan Dobras (Achilles Tendon) | Simon Plesinger (Cruciate Ligament Rupture).

Absent: Valentino Müller (Infection).

Red Bull Salzburg 

Injured: Marin Pongračić (Knee) | Christoph Leitgeb (Hand Fracture).

Absent: Andreas Ulmer (Fever).

Doubt: André Ramalho (Hamstring) | Hannes Wolf (Ill) | Duje Ćaleta-Car (Fever).


Predicted Line-ups

CASHPOINT SCR Altach

Kobras

Lienhart – Zech – Netzer – Schreiner

Zwischenbrugger

Gebauer – Soloman – Mahop – Honsak

Grbic

Red Bull Salzburg

Walke

Lainer – Dembélé – Onguéné – Farkas

Samassékou

Haidara – Berisha

Schlager

Hwang – Dabbur


Score Prediction

CASHPOINT SCR Altach 0-3 Red Bull Salzburg.

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