Hartberg vs Liefering by Goleador
Gameday 1: TSV Hartberg - FC Liefering
On friday the new season of Austrians second league starts again with a duel of two teams with many changes. New players, a new coach and a difficult season for coming for both teams.
In the last season Hartberg just reached the 8th spot, which is one above the relegation zone. And this season it won´t get easier for them. The have many new players to integrate into the team and get a unity again. Wabnig (GK/0/0), Ostojic (GK/4/0), Vukajlovic (DEF/14/0), T. Hopfer (MID/30/2), Aydogdu (MID/16/0), M. Hopfer (MID/31/1), Wolf (MID/13/2), Tauschmann (DEF/33/2), Causevic (MID/0/0), Adilovic (MID/8/0), Rindler (GK/23/0), Rother (ATT/15/1) and Ranftl (MID/17/0) left the club. Maybe not all the players are keyplayers, but especially Tauschmann in the defense, Rindler as goalkeeper and midfielders Thomas and Matthias Hopfer, Adilovic and Ranftl were important in the second half of the season and most time in the starting lineup. On the other side 16 players are new: 10 of them are from lower leagues or Hartbergs 2nd team. With Löffler and Fröschl two players from Wacker InnsbrucK (the team which is relegated from Bundesliga) are new, but no starters there. With Prutsch a talentet midfielder from Parndorf and former Livorno player, will also streghen the team. All in all the most nameable transfer is Sencar from Kapfenberg, who was captain and playmaker there in the last years.
Hartberg also played some preseason friendlies: there are a 1:2 loss vs Admira, a 1:1 vs Sturm Graz and a 0:3 loss vs PSG. The first two mentioned opponents are both playing in Bundesliga (one league above) and everybody knows PSG. So the results don´t seem so bad, but the first competitional game vs Regionalliga club Kalsdorf (3rd league) vs a hard game and Hartberg just won by penalties with the only good GK they have as hero.
FC Liefering maybe was a big surprise for the most, but the have a squad full of young and talented players from Red Bull academy. Like I expained in an earlier preview Red Bull practises the same tactics in every team and academy around the world so it shouldn´t be so diffcult for the players to find together than in other team, but there are also many new players, like it usually is in such teams. Most players are coming from own U18 team and the own acedemy. Then there are three new players from the cooperating team in Pasching, and one each from RB NY academy, RB Leipzig, LASK, Stadlau and Wacker Innsbruck. Also some players left the club, most into the direction of Austrian Bundesliga, two of example to cooperating team Grödig. Two players are going to RB Leipzig and old hand Rene Aufhauser ends his career and will be co-coach in Liefering. However I think Liefering better gets around with the new players and especially at the beginning of the season, the players will be more motivated, as the transfer window is still open and everyone of them wants to play at RB Salzburg or other RB team in 2nd Bundesliga in Germany. Also Liefering had played some preseason friendlies, to mention: a 4:0 vs Bayern II, 5:0 wins against Regionalliga team from Austria and a 7:3 win vs Duisburg from German 3rd League. There they had the 4-1 lead after 50 minutes: In minute 60 some changes were made, but until there they played with the team, which should be starting XI vs Hartberg.
In this duel for me Liefering is favourite and has the more talented and tactical better players. Motivation is big for both teams and so I hope for a exciting match and the odds should drop a bit in the next days so the early bird...
MY PICK: FC LIEFERING @ 2.25 (WINNER)
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|Liefering||Winner||2.25||8||0-3 WON (+10 units)|