Preview: Liefering vs. Wacker Innsbruck II

Five consecutive defeats in the 2. Liga has seen Liefering endure the embarrassment of sliding down to near the foot of the table, despite a prosperous start to the campaign. Such a downturn in form will have had a psychological effect on the squad, but this week could finally see a change in fortune as fellow mid-tablers, Wacker Innsbruck II, visit the Red Bull Arena.

To say Liefering’s form of late has been disastrous would be a huge understatement, and the situation was made much worse on their trip to face David Schnegg’s former team-mates in Wattens. With Dominik Szoboszlai and Mahamadou Dembélé the notable absentees, Gerhard Struber was left without a centre-back he could trust and red-faced at the full-time whistle as he and his squad were comfortably handed their heaviest defeat of the season thus far

Wacker Innsbruck II’s season has one filled with twists and turns, just like this week’s opponents, but in recent weeks the road has begun to straighten out, with two draws and a win in their last three matches. Last weekend, Innsbruck held host to Austria Vienna Young Violets, who left the Tivoli-Neu with a point in hand, succumbing their rivals to back-to-back draws.

The two had become accustomed foes during their days together in the Regionalliga West, but this will be the first meeting between the two for five years, as well as the first in Austria’s second division. Liefering have a good record against this week’s guests and are unbeaten in their last seven against them. This could be the game where the run comes to an end.

Match Information

Date: Friday, November 9, 2018

Kick-off: 19:10 (CET)

Venue: Red Bull Arena

Referee: René Eisner

Broadcasting: Laola1 (international)

Previous Meetings

26.03.11: Liefering 3-1 Wacker Innsbruck II

08.10.11: Liefering 2-1 Wacker Innsbruck II

17.05.12: Wacker Innsbruck II 1-5 Liefering 

29.09.12: Liefering 2-1 Wacker Innsbruck II

19.05.13: Wacker Innsbruck II 2-2 Liefering

Current Form

Liefering

Blau-Weiß Linz 2-1 (A) | Lafnitz 1-2 (H) | Weiner Neustadt 2-1 (A) | Floridsdorf 1-3 (H) | Wattens 4-0 (A)

Wacker Innsbruck II

Wattens 1-1 (A) | Ried 1-0 (A) | Kapfenberg 3-0 (H) | Horn 1-1 (A) | Young Violets Austria Vienna 0-0 (H)

Team News

Liefering

Injured: Anderson Niangbo (unknown), René Hellermann (anterior cruciate ligament), Rami Tekir (anterior cruciate ligament), Alexander Schmidt (unknown)

Wacker Innsbruck II

N/A

Predicted Line-ups

Liefering

Köhn

Gazibegović  – Dembélé – Stumberger – Mensah

Pokorný

Camara – Szoboszlai

Diakité

Adeyemi – Koïta

Wacker Innsbruck II

Wedl

Pribanovic – Joppich – Markel

Zaizen – Bacher – Conte – Taferner – Kofler

Gründler – Ibrisimovic

Score Prediction

Liefering 1-1 Wacker Innsbruck

[Photo: FC Liefering]

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