Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Tottenham will be aiming to make a flying start to their Europa League campaign when they host LASK at their Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. Spurs were more than fortunate to beat Lokomotiv Plovdiv in the qualifiers, but they faced no difficulties in back-to-back wins over Shkendija and Maccabi Haifa. Jose Mourinho’s troops have been in a fine form in the Premier League as well, and seeing that the “Special One” can count on key players for Thursday’s clash, home win should be considered.
LASK, on the other hand, failed to win the Bundesliga last term, and, as a result, they will represent Austria in the Europa League this season. The Black and Whites face a difficult task in their opener, and given Tottenham’s display in the crushing of Man Utd (6-1), anything but a routine home win will be a major surprise.
Highlighted Player (Heung-min Son):
Over the years Son Heung-Min has established himself as one of the best Asian footballers. Son is a Tottenham Hotspur first-team regular and he played a very important role in Mauro Pochettino’s team in the 2017/2018 Premier League campaign, scoring 12 goals, while making 37 appearances in the process.
The South Korean footballer, who is well known for his speed and a very powerful shot, was born in Chuncheo on 8 July 1992 and he began his youth career at FC Seoul. In 2008 he moved to Hamburger SV, but he made his senior debut for the Bundesliga club two years later. In 2013 he signed a deal with fellow German side Bayer Leverkusen and he scored 21 goals in 62 appearances in the Bundesliga for the BayArena outfit.
In 2015 he signed a five-year contract with Spurs for a fee of £22 million. Son Heung-min made his South Korea debut in a friendly against Syria in 2010.
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.