Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Raiffeisen Arena will host Thursday’s Europa League qualifier between LASK and Dunajska Streda. LASK have been struggling to find their form after the coronavirus football break, and, as a result, they failed to put an end to Salzburg’s dominance in the Austrian Bundesliga. The Black and Whites, though, kicked off the new domestic campaign with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Austria Vienna, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Dunajska Streda.
The Slovaks recorded a thrilling 5-3 win over Jablonec in the previous qualifying round, but LASK are likely to pose a much bigger threat for them than their previous rivals. Even though both Thomas Goiginger and Marvin Potzmann are likely to miss the game through injury, we are tempted to put our money on the Austrians. It has to be noted that LASK recorded six wins in the last seven home games in the Europa League.
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 (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.