Preview: Horn vs. Liefering

The newly rebranded 2. Liga season begins this weekend as Liefering prepare to face last season’s Regionalliga West champions Horn at the Waldviertel Volksbank Arena on Friday evening.

Horn come into their matchday one fixture with a one-game advantage over their opposition, having appeared in last weekend’s ÖFB-Cup first round, coming up against, and defeating, fourth division outfit Mattesdorf by one goal to nil. Putting the icing on the cake to a pre-season that had seen them finish with a 100% win record.

For Liefering, due to being illegible to compete in cup competitions, this will be their first taste of competitive action. Unlike their opposition, Liefering’s pre-season was dampened by a 3-0 defeat to St. Pauli, but with wins over St. Johann, China U20 and Greuther Fürth, as well as a draw with Bayern Munich II, the morale in the camp going into the fixture is high.

Having spent pre-season with Red Bull Salzburg, Dominik Szoboszlai, Enock Mwepu and Romano Schmid could return to the line-up, while summer additions Philipp Köhn, Abdourahmane Barry, David Schnegg, Kilian Ludewig and Karim Adeyemi are in line to make their debuts.

As announced on Horn’s club website, there will be a minutes silence before the game for former assistant coach Christoph Westerthaler who passed away on July 20.

Match Information

Date: Friday, June 27, 2018

Kick-off: 19:10 (CEST)

Venue: Waldviertel Volksbank Arena (capacity: 4,000)

Referee: Gerhard Grobelnik

Broadcasting: Laola1 (worldwide)

Previous Meetings

19.02.16: Horn 1-2 Liefering

22.07.16: Liefering 1-0 Horn

16.09.16: Horn 2-3 Liefering

25.06.16: Liefering 1-1 Horn

14.04.17: Horn 0-1 Liefering

Current Form

Horn

Rabenstein 4-0 (H) | Hellas Kagran 1-8 (A) | Mattesdorf 0-1 (A)

Liefering

St. Johann 10-1 (H) | Bayern Munich II 2-2 (H) | St. Pauli 0-3 (H) | China U20 3-0 (H) | Greuther Fürth 0-2 (A)

Team News

Horn

N/A

Liefering

Absent: Mahamadou Dembélé (international duty)

Predicted Line-ups

Horn

Krell

Denner – Nesovic – Hetemaj

Milosevic – Kirschner – Neumayer – Toth – Preininger

Keča

Paukner

Liefering

Köhn

Ludewig – Barry – Oroz – Schnegg

Kim – Mwepu – Szoboszlai

Schmid

Adeyemi – Niangbo

Score Prediction

Horn 1-2 Liefering

[Photo: Liefering]

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