Red Bull Salzburg - Bohemians

Salzburg is the most dominant club in Austria, thankfully to main sponsor Red Bull. With a very big budget for Austrian conditions, they kept the best player in the club and even strengthened the squad. The biggest signing is new boss, Huub Stevens (ex Dutch side Roda), who was outside European football for a while. Four players came to the club. Thomas Augustinussen (ex Aalborg skipper), Franz Schiemer (from Austria Vienna), Simon Cziommer (from Utrecht) and Dusan Svento (Slovakian from Slavia Prague). Interesting fact is all counted players are defenders. But, it doesn’t mean hosts will have any problem to score. Attacking line is leaded by Marc Janko who scored 39 goals in the previous season in domain league. The aim for this season is group stage of the Champions League and Salzburg will try to finish the job in the first game in front the own fans. The only problem could be this will be the first competitive game in season, while in Irish league 19 rounds have passed. New signing Franz Schiemer isn't available for tonight's game, while striker Zickler is in doubt, but is expected to appear.

Bohemians play in excellent shape, have eight competitive wins from last nine games, have five points more than the chasers and march with the huge steps to another champions title. But, black clouds appeared over the club. Irish press published the story about club’s disaster financial situation. Club is spending about 1.6 million pounds on players’ wages which is over the limit. So, the finance director Chris Brien informed the club’s members they need urgent cash injection, otherwise hard sanctions and move to First Division are already seen. However, the calculation is defending the title in domain competition and progress in Champions League over Salzburg would be enough to cover the debt. Therefore, this game for Irish side means do or die happening. The Gypsies will miss skipper Owen Heary who is suspended and Graham Carey which loan deal couldn’t be extended because the mentioned club’s finance. Lack of quality, visitors will try to compensate with fighting attitude and save the club from bankrupt.

For home side, this game is just warming up before the decisive games. They’ll try to make convincing victory and travel to Ireland without a pressure. Artificial grass won’t be a problem for Bohs, they played last league game (Dundalk, 2-0 away) on it. For them, this is a battle for life and I think they will be able to save the net in the first half. My bet x-1, ht/ft. Odds arround 4.20.


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