Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Raiffeisen Arena will host the Europa League clash between LASK and Antwerp, the two teams who are eyeing a place in top two in Group J. When the two teams met in Belgium three weeks ago LASK defeated Antwerp 1-0 thanks to Eggestein’s goal, meaning that the visitors are hungry for revenge. Experienced midfielder James Holland is banned for the hosts, while attacker Dominik Reiter remains in the recovery room.
Antwerp have been producing fine displays in the national championship this season, but keep in mind that both De Sart and De Pauw have been tested positive for coronavirus, while Coopman, Nsimba and Pius are injured. Considering that LASK are a real force to be reckoned with at home, we predict that the visitors are going to return home empty-handed. Experienced attacker Mbokani is widely expected to lead the line for the visitors.
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 (Antwerp):
Founded back in 1880, Antwerp is one of the oldest clubs in Belgium. The Great Old welcome their rivals at Bosuilstadion, the venue with the capacity of 16,144 people. Antwerp are well known for their red home kits, with the team wearing white shirts and white jerseys when playing on the travels.
Over the years Antwerp have been trying to close the gap between Belgian giants Anderlecht and Club Brugge, but they have yet to win the title in the recent history. The Great Old clinched their first domestic trophy back in 1929, with the team repeating the success two years later. The third and the fourth titles came in 1944 and 1957 respectively.
Beerschot A.C. are considered the club’s fiercest rivals, but they have a rivalry with Club Brugge as well. The club chiefs had a long-term partnership with famous English club Manchester United in the past, with Antwerp taking young footballers on loan to Old Trafford.