Linz has to deliver. In the final doubles match against Fehervar AV19 in the regular season (away today, at home on Sunday), it’s not just about the theoretical chance for sixth place and a direct playoff qualification for Linz. Because in the event of defeats in the direct duels with the Hungarians, even the right to pick in the pre-playoff, which goes hand in hand with seventh place, shakes. The Hungarians are five points behind the Black Wings with one game less. Both season duels went close – but still – to the Hungarians (1:2 in Fehervar, 0:1 in Linz)
In general, however, the main thing is to pick up some momentum before the pre-playoffs. The self-confidence is scratched after five defeats in a row or twelve defeats in 13 games (wins against the table bottom Laibach and Feldkirch excluded) in this calendar.
An attempt at an analysis – with a view:
Emilio Romig’s reaction after Sunday’s 4-2 loss to KAC:
Captain Brian Lebler before today’s game:
We also have the latest episode of our icebreaker podcast for you, in which everything revolves around the 20th anniversary of Linz’s first championship title. Rick Nasheim opened the talks last week. From Thursday you can hear the next episode this week.
The games on Tuesday evening:
- Klagenfurter AC – Pioneers Vorarlberg (7:15 p.m.)
- Fehervar AV19 – Black Wings Linz (7.15 p.m.)
- Olimpija Ljubljana – Red Bull Salzburg (7.15 p.m.)