Salzburg vs Ried by Isaiah
Salzburg is back to winning ways after lot of troubles from the start of the new season in August. After the shock from the exclusion of Champions League that followed by three unsuccessful results and lot of moaning from their fans.
As a result they made a transfer record with their technical director Ralf Rangnick to spread out eight millions in the end of the transfer window and acquire five new players. Defenders Isaac Vorsah (Hoffenheim) and Rodnei (Kaiserslautern), strikers Sadio Mané (Metz) and Bright Edomwonyi (Westerlo) and midfielder Kevin Kampl (Allen).
In contrast, last year's top scorer Jakob Jantscher moved to Spartak Moscow, while Argentine striker Gonzalo Zárate moved to Young Boys. Of the remaining roster, Douglas, Cristiano, Lindgren, Boghossian and Leonardo are in quarantine and are making training with FC Liefering as a suspension, a friendly club that competes in the third division of Austrian football.
Before the league break, they won easily away from home against Wacker Innsbruck with the score of 0-4, where they were playing almost alone, and created enough opportunities to score even more goals. Tonight's game against Ried is considered as a derby, but if Salzburg will be concecrated like to the game against Wacker, they will have no problems to get the victory. Defensive midfielder Mendes (3 games played), midfielder Dusan Svento (no games played so far), and Brazilian striker Alan (no games played yet) are all out injured, while newly signed defender Rodnei (no game played yet) is not ready to play.
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Ried is suffering a bad period, where they start slowly falling down, after three consecutive defeats. Before the league break they lost at home with the score of 0-1 against Sturm, where they failed to create any good chances to score, while Sturm scored with an own goal. For another game Ried was not able to respond.
Tonight they are facing the champions having in mind that they never won there during the last 15 games played (0 wins, 4 draws, 11 defeats). Key midfielder Anel Hadzic is back to the squad, while main defender Jan Marc Riegler is back after injury. Defender Maximilian Karner and midfielder Markus Hammerer are both long term injured.
Everything is on the side of Salzburg today. Tradition, recent form, and some good transfers for Salzburg, against a Ried side that they are still searching their targets and coming after some bad games.
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