Our prediction for this Europa League match:
A spot in the Europa League group stages will be at stake when Sporting CP and LASK square off against each other at Estadio Jose Alvalade. The Lions kicked off their Europa League qualifying campaign with a 1-0 win over Aberdeen, with teenager Tiago Tomas scoring the winner. The Portuguese outfit aim to give fans yet another reason for celebration, and they are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in Thursday’s football match.
LASK, on the other hand, aim to build on a thrilling 7-0 win over Dunajska Streda. The Austrian side looked sharp in front of goal in the third qualifying round, and given Sporting CP’s home record in European competitions, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. It has to be noted that several Sporting CP players are likely to miss the game through illness (coronavirus).
Highlighted Player (Sebastian Coates):
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, on October 7, 1990, Sebastian Coates is a 196-cm-tall defender who plays for Sporting CP in Primeira Liga. Coates is the product of the hometown club Nacional, and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 60 appearances for the capital club in the national championship.
After ending his spell with English club Sunderland, the Uruguay international moved to Portugal, signing a loan deal with Sporting CP in January 2016. He signed a permanent contract with the Lions in February 2017.
Speaking of his international career, Sebastian Coastes made his full Uruguay debut against Chile at the 2011 Copa America. La Celeste won the trophy, with the team beating Paraguay 3-0 in the final of the competition at Estadio Monumental Antonio Vespucio Liberti in Buenos Aires. Coates wears the number 4 shirt at Sporting CP, and his preferred foot is right.
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.