Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Following a historical 1-0 win over Tottenham, Antwerp will be looking to keep their 100% record intact in the Europa League group stages when they take on LASK at Bosuilstadion. The Jupiler League outfit are enjoying a season to remember, but they can’t afford any complacency in Thursday’s clash as LASK looked sharp in front of goal in a 4-3 win over Ludogorets.
The Black and Whites have been scoring goals for fun in all competitions of late, and given Antwerp’s attacking potential, we believe that punters can find value in betting on both teams to score. The likes of Coopman, Nsimba, Pius, Rodrigues, and Lee Jaek-Ik are all likely to miss the game with injury for the hosts, while Australia international James Holland remains in the recovery room for the visitors. The two teams have never met before in European competitions.
Highlighted Player (Lior Refaelov):
Lior Refaelov is an Israeli footballer playing as an attacking midfielder for the Belgium giants with whom he has been a mainstay since his arrival in 2011. Rafaelov began his career at Maccabi Haifa where he played 161 league appearances and scored 30 goals before moving to Belgium.
The experienced 30-year-old Israel international has made his senior debut for his country in 2007 and has since earned over 30 caps for Israel. Lior Rafaelov is a player of vast international experience despite the fact Club Brugge are his first and so far only club in Europe.
The 30-year-old attacking midfielder is a major force upfront who has scored six times during Brugge’s Europa League campaign in 2014-15, while he also scored the winner in the Belgian Cup final to earn his club a first trophy in eight years. Last season Rafaleov repeated the feat, having scored in the 2016 Belgian Cup Final, but it wasn’t enough for Club Brugge to avoid getting defeated 2-1 to Standard Liege.
Highlighted Team (LASK):
Founded back in 1908, LASK are an Austrian football club that compete in the Bundesliga. Die Laskler play home games at Waldstadion in Pashing. The stadium with the capacity of 7,870 was opened in 1990 and nowadays is known under the name of Raiffeisen Arena. The club, though, welcome their rivals at the 14,000 capacity Linzer Stadion in European competitions.
Back in the 1964/65 season LASK clinched their first and only Austrian Bundesliga trophy, with the team finishing the campaign one point clear of second-placed Rapid Wien. LASK became the first club outside Vienna to win the domestic title and, to make things even better for the fans, die Laskler clinched the domestic cup the same year.
LASK’s home colours are white and violet, whilst they wear black and white when playing on the travels. In the 2018/2029 season LASK booked their place in the Europa League group stages.