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.
Date: Friday, June 27, 2018
Kick-off: 19:10 (CEST)
Venue: Waldviertel Volksbank Arena (capacity: 4,000)
Referee: Gerhard Grobelnik
Broadcasting: Laola1 (worldwide)
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
Rabenstein 4-0 (H) | Hellas Kagran 1-8 (A) | Mattesdorf 0-1 (A)
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)
Absent: Mahamadou Dembélé (international duty)
Denner – Nesovic – Hetemaj
Milosevic – Kirschner – Neumayer – Toth – Preininger
Ludewig – Barry – Oroz – Schnegg
Kim – Mwepu – Szoboszlai
Adeyemi – Niangbo
Horn 1-2 Liefering