Neustadt vs Salzburg by Goleador
Gameday 2: SC Wr. Neustadt - FC Red Bull Salzburg
One of the teams, which is under the candidates for relegation this season will play tomorrow against the big team in Austrian Bundesliga, which got the title after the first game (as many experts see it).
SC Wiener Neustadt, as every year in Bundesliga is one of the team, which has as biggest goal: "avoid relegation". Nothing else. The quality in the team is missing and about fans we don´t even have to talk. In the last years always many new player are at the club and many players left, so there are problems, especially at the beginning of the season, but in the end, they could save the position in the last years. This year 14 players left the club. 6 of them with 20 or more starts, from them especially Hlinka from defensive midfield and the strikers Fröschl and Witteveen are to mention, but also defender Stangl and Wallner are to mention. 4 more players with 10 or more games are leaving the club. Under them two goalkeepers. New are just two players from Bundesliga Ranftl and Kainz from Sturm, and three players from Erste Liga. All in all there are twelve players new. Just to compare: the value of the players who left was 3.75 millions, the players who are new just 1.23 millions.
The first game of Wr Neustadt was lost with 3-1 away vs Ried. There the big weaknesses were visible: the defense had many holes, especially when Ried could practise their new playing system (the same as Salzburg has; offensive pressing, attacking the opponent early in their half,... // this is because former Salzburg co-coach Glasner, who played long years in Ried, is now coach their and he brings Salzburgs system). However Wr Neustadt although they sometimes also try anything like this, they often can´t play this style, and with those players not over a long time, also because of physical issues.
Salzburg will win the title, their no doubts for me and also bookies, see it like this, with odds about 1.05 for Salzburg champion. Anyway the team has a lot of quality, as a value of over 66 mio (in comparison Wr Neustadt about 5 mio) says. At the transfermarket Salzburg was active, but didn´t sell any important players, except RB Klein. Other player were just usual substitutes. On the other side over 15 mio Euros were spent for new players: RM Bruno from Anderlecht is the most expensive transfer in Austrian Bundesliga history and comes to Salzburg for 9 mio, Keita from Istres for 1,5 mio, Ankersen for 2,5 mio and Sabitzer for 2 mio from Rapid (here just a short story, because this wasn´t fair play: Sabitzer one of the best players of Rapid just could change to another country, because of his contract, BUT Red Bull used the club from Germany (RB Leipzig) to get him to Germany and give him by loan to Salzburg...). After this transfers the squad is even stronger and the goal Champions League group stage should be realised.
The playing system is still the same and I think I don´t have to explain it any more... In the first game vs Rapid their was a 6-1 win. Rapid was second last season, but as they lost their three best offensive players it was hard to compete with Salzburg. The biggest weakness was in the defense, Max Hofmann, who played as right defender made several mistakes. But all in all Salzburgs strengh was shown again and Wr Neustadt even is weaker than Rapid.
In conclusion there is a big quality difference here. Salzburg maybe rest a few players, for the away game in CL qualification vs Qarabag, but at the beginning of the season all players are fit. However Salzburg can win this game very high as the last H2H show: 5-0 (h), 1-5 (a), 8-0 (h), 1-5 (a), 0-6 (a). So the last five games very high wins and see the chance much higher than the bookies that this will repeat.
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