When FC Wacker and Altach cross the football blades in the Tivoli stadium, only one thing counts for both clubs: “A victory is a must.”
Innsbruck – FC Wacker has been undefeated for four league games, Altach for five. What a thrilling Westderby promises. Because both clubs, despite the remarkable series in the table only one point apart the tenth and eleventh places occupy in the latecomer duel much is at stake. “A victory must come, three points are compulsory,” is the tenor in both camps. Knowing full well that the league switches can be set anew with a sense of achievement.
The three draws against Salzburg, Austria and Sturm were good for the Black Greens’ self-confidence, but nothing changed in the dull table situation. “We are never the favourite in the new league. Altach has the same balance as us, they have one more victory in the last five games and also different demands than us. The starting position is the same, they also play a similar system to us,” Wacker coach Karl Daxbacher looks forward to a defensive exchange of blows. His opponent Werner Grabherr also didn’t want to know anything about his role as favourite: “Wacker Innsbruck is a rising star and has nevertheless survived the last four rounds against Sturm, Salzburg, Austria and the LASK unscathed. The game will be at eye level, there will be no favourites.” Around 500 guest fans are expected. For the Altachers, the derby is a kind of “coming home”, because during the reconstruction of the Cashpoint Arena, the Europa League qualifying match was played in the Tivoli.
The first duel of the season was won 2-1 by the Tyroleans in the Ländle thanks to goals from Zlatko Dedic and Martin Harrer. The Vorarlbergers are therefore burning for revenge. “We want to take the fire from the second half with us against Rapid and will throw everything into the game to score three points,” said Grabherr. What an ex-Altacher can’t do anything with. “It will be a feat of strength. But last season we won all the derbies against Wattens and also the first Westderby in Altach. We want to continue this series,” Harrer explained confidently. The Styrian, who played 42 Bundesliga games in the Altach dress, will have to clear the three-midfield in FC Wacker’s usual merciless manner again today.
Dominik Baumgartner and Daniele Gabriele are back in the Innsbruck squad fit. Roman Kerschbaum is only a topic again after the international break. For Altach it looks much worse in terms of personnel. Philipp Netzer, Hannes Aigner, Benedikt Zech, Jan Zwischenbrugger, Louis Ngwat-Mahop and Emanuel Schreiner all have to be renounced by Grabherr. The fact that they have never lost in four games in the Bundesliga in Tivoli speaks for the guests. Gemslots is one of the newest online casino site.
What should change. “We have to be fully concentrated. Anyone who thinks it will be easier against Altach than against Salzburg, Sturm or Austria is wrong,” warned goal scorer Dedic. His coach already has the match plan ready: “It’s going to be like against the LASK, with a 1-0 win for us“.