Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Top position in Group D will be at stake when LASK and Sporting CP face each other at Linzer Stadion on Thursday evening. LASK booked their place in the Europa League knockout stages thanks to a 2-1 win at Rosenborg, and they are now eyeing their third consecutive win of the process. The Austrian side need to pick up all three points from their last group game if they are to clinch top position in Group D, meaning that they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach against Sporting CP.
The Lions rolled over PSV 4-0 in Lisbon in their last group match, but this time out, we are going to put our money on LASK as they are enjoying yet another season to remember. A man to watch in the home team will be Brazil international Klauss, who scored a brace in a 4-1 win over PSV last month.
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 (Sporting):
When it comes to official club members, Portugal giants Sporting Lisbon are the sixth club in the world. Commonly referred to as Leoes which is Portuguese for Lions, Sporting Lisbon were founded in 1906 and are one of the founders of the Primeira Liga.
Sporting’s main rivals are Benfica, with both teams contesting the Lisbon Derby, one of the most fierce ones in Europe. Lions play their games at Estadio Jose Alvelade in front of 50,000 people and are the third most successful club in the country with 46 titles in Portuguese competitions and a title in the European Cup Winner’s Cup from 1963-64.
During this time that is also known as the club’s golden years, Sporting Lisbon won the majority of their 18 Primeira Liga titles in total. Sporting Lisbon boasts the quality football youth academy system which has yielded world-class footballers such as Paulo Furte, Simao Sabrosa, Nani and Ballon d’Or winners Figo and Cristiano Ronaldo.