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A duel for promotion to the Austrian Bundesliga was indicated very early in the second Austrian league. Herbstmeister Austria Klagenfurt and long-time Bundesliga club SV Ried clearly set themselves apart from the competition. Before the restart, there was a lot of evidence of a preliminary decision after Ried had an eight point lead, but meanwhile this has melted to just two points. The Upper Austrian derby between Ried and BW Linz is on the program this weekend.
During the week the league leaders had to cope with the next setback and lost the first of two Upper Austria derbies in series against the Upper Austria Juniors. However, the competitor from Klagenfurt also suffered a surprising defeat (at home against the GAK) and thus the Baumgartner team still holds the lead.
However, the current form certainly causes worry lines in the Innviertel camp, which have to increase in the last six games. Any person falling over could burst the dream of returning to the Bundesliga. In this respect, only a complete success counts on Friday evening. The game starts in the “Josko Arena” on Friday at 19:25 p.m.
During the long forced break, the game association Ried wanted to sue in the Bundesliga and demanded that the top division be increased from twelve to 14 clubs. At a time when it was not yet clear that the second division season would end, however, this request was denied. By continuing the season, this is already obsolete.
Either the long forced break or the sideline in the form of the application for an increase did not do Gerald Baumgartner’s team any good. After Ried won only two of the first five league games at the start of the season, the two-time cup winner dominated the second division almost at will. From game day six to the interruption after round 19, Ried only had two draw points.
The restart was still successful, but in the recent four league games the league leaders suffered three defeats. The extremely high number of goals scored is striking. Goalkeeper Johannes Kreidl had to reach only 19 times in the first 20 games, and conceded ten goals in the last four games. Thanks to the record of two wins and three defeats, the tension in the promotion race has returned.
Maybe the start of the season could give the Vikings from Ried a little hope. Finally, the promotion favorite started after the fifth game and hurried from success to success. After the recent setbacks, only victories count. The pressure is accordingly high on the shoulders of the leaders.
However, the Baumgartner team must be credited with the fact that the playful achievements in the offensive game can definitely be called appealing. The Innviertel failed in the derby against the Upper Austria Juniors mainly because of their own chances. Ried neglected several excellent bullet points. Only in the final minutes, when Ried was already 0: 3 behind, did the ball find its way into the opposing goal. However, more than cosmetic cosmetics was no longer possible.
There has always been a rifle festival at Ried in recent weeks. In the five games the re-start was no less than 24 hits.
The cancellation of the Austrian House of Commons was kindly noted in the warehouse of the traditional Linz association. As a result, there are no relegations and instead of remaining for the league, the rest of the season can be seen as preparation for the coming season. A squad where only three of the 26 players are older than 25 is certainly not a disadvantage.
Above all, in the past few months, the blue and white camp did not necessarily go as desired. The Brunmayr team won the derby against Vorwärts Steyr just before the compulsory break, but this was the first success after eight games without a win.
This positive feeling was lost due to the long break, because the Upper Austrians had to cope with three defeats at a time to restart the second division. The first point was won in the derby against the Upper Austria Juniors, however, the Brunmayr team had to cope with the equalization only in minute 95.
The upward trend was prolonged against the cup finalist Austria Lustenau during the week. A double pack from top striker Fabian Schubert within just two minutes made the decision in favor of the blue-whites, who were able to hand over the red lantern to SV Kapfenberg.
The Form Curve in the Table 15. after the two point wins definitely points in the right direction. This is quite a bit surprising, because Linzers are forced to improvise, especially on the defensive. Captain Bernhard Janeczek and right-back Martin Grasegger are injured and Martin Kreuzriegler (five-time goal scorer as central defender) has left the club against Norway this week.
In addition, Lukas Tursch (defensive midfield) is out due to a yellow card suspension for the derby against Ried. Ronald Brunmayr has to deal with severe personnel problems. Despite the upward trend, these are not necessarily the best prerequisites so that in the derby between Ried and BW Linz the forecast of a surprise will be crowned with success.
Ried vs BW Linz head to head matches
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