Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Top position in Group A will be at stake when LASK and Maccabi Tel Aviv go head to head at Worthersee Stadion on Thursday evening. LASK could not have wish for a better start to their Conference League campaign, with the team beating Helsinki 2-0 on the road, but Maccabi are likely to pose a much bigger threat for the hosts than their previous rivals. The Black and Whites did well to beat Admira 3-1 in their last Bundesliga game, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of Thursday’s clash.
A man to watch in the home team will be talented attacker Mamoudou Karamoko, while all Gruber, Lawal, Raguz, and Wiesinger are all sidelined with injuries. The Israelis rolled over Alashkert 4-1 in their opener, and given their attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Defender Idan Nachmias is likely to miss the game through injury for the visitors, as well as long-term absentees Saborit and Golasa.
Highlighted Player (Alexander Schlager):
Alexander Schlager is an Austrian goalkeeper who plays for LASK in the Austrian Bundesliga. Schalger was born in Salzburg on February 1, 1996, starting his senior career in his hometown club FC Red Bull Salzburg. However, it has to be noted that he spent three years on loan at Lepzig, Grodig and Floridsdorfer before joining LASK Linz in 2017.
Over the years Alexander Schlager has established himself as a first-choice shoot-stopper at die Laskler, but he has yet to make his debut with the Austrian national team. His preferred foot is right and he has a contract with LASK until June 30, 2021. The Austrian goalkeeper made his debut with LASK in the Austrian top flight on May 27, 2018.
Alexander Schlager made 31 appearances for die Laskler in the 2019/2020 Austrian Bundesliga, keeping 13 clean sheets in the process. The 184-cm tall shoot-stopper helped LASK book their place in the 2019/2020 Europa League group stages as well.
Highlighted Team (Maccabi Tel Aviv):
Maccabi Tel Aviv are the oldest and probably the biggest clubs in Israel. The club was founded in 1906 and they have been playing an important role in the Israeli League ever since. In 2015 Maccabi won their 21st trophy in the national championship and the same season they clinched their 23rd Israeli Cup title.
The club’s fiercest rivals are Hapoel Tel-Aviv and they welcome their opponents at Netanya Stadium. The capacity of the venue is 13 610. The likes of Beitar Jerusalem Hapoel Be’er Sheva and Maccabi Haifa are considered Maccabi Tel Aviv’s bitter rivals as well. In 1969 the club won the AFC Champions League and they repeated the success two years later, beating Aliyat Al-Shorta in the final.
The likes of Jordi Cruyff, Paulo Sousa, Rade Prica, Moanes Dabour and Vincent Enyeama are the high-profile footballers who were part of the team in the past. The colour of Maccabi’s home kit is yellow and blue.