Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Liverpool take on LASK at Raiffeisen Arena in the opening match of their Europa League campaign. The Reds are seen as one of the main favourites to go all the way in the competition, but Jurgen Klopp will surely use the Europa League matches to mix the squad, especially in the group stages. All Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez, and Harvey Elliott should be recalled to the starting XI, while both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Thiago Alcantara remain in the recovery room.
The Black and Whites, on the other hand, face an uphill task in round 1 and we are positive that they will adopt a defence-minded approach in Thursday’s clash. However, preventing the star-studded visitors from scoring at Raiffeisen Arena is easier said than done. As for the home team, all Tobias Anselm, Lenny Pintor, Adil Taoui, and Philipp Wiesinger have been struggling with injuries of late.
Highlighted Player (Mohamed Salah):
Mohamed Salah is considered one of the best African players. Salah began his senior career at El Mokawloon, scoring 11 goals in 41 league appearances for the club and in 2012 he moved to Europe, signing a four-year deal with Swiss side Basel.
The pacey winger, who is capable of playing as a striker as well was producing outstanding displays for the RotBlau from 2012 to 2014 and, as a result, Chelsea chiefs decided to sign him on 26 January, 2015 for a fee of £11 million. Mohamed Salah, though, failed to impress in the Premier league and one year later he was sent on loan to Fiorentina.
After making 16 league appearances for the Viola in the Serie A, the left-footed winger signed a loan deal with Roma on 6 August, 2015. The Romans made the contract permanent on 3 August, 2016. Speaking of his international career, Salah made his Egypt debut on 3 September, 2011 in a 2-1 loss to Sierra Leone. It has to be noted that he was named Roma’s player of the season (2015/2016).
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.