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After 68 days, the Bundesliga ends its winter break in Austria on Friday evening: the Linz ASK receives the Football Club Austria Vienna in the TGW Arena. Only four games left before the league is divided into champions and qualifiers. LASK was with the second place in the table certainly the positive surprise of the first half of the season. By contrast, Austria was not really satisfied with fifth place after the first 18 games. Both teams were in action last weekend in the quarter-finals of the ÖFB Cup. After the first competitive match of the year, the mood of the clubs could hardly be more different.
The LASK started with a furious 6: 0 over St. Pölten in the year 2019 and thus moved into the Cup semi-final. The Viennese violets, however, lost 1: 2 at Grazer AK and thus missed the chance to the cup final in their own stadium. Sports director Ralf Muhr and coach Thomas Letsch were visibly seized after the bankruptcy. The odds for the first league match of the year promise but not much hope for improvement, speak in the game Lask vs.. Austria Wien the odds but quite clear for the hosts.
Last year, the Linz athletics sports club finished as a starter already a great fourth place. This season, the Upper Austrians are on the verge of getting on top of it. After 18 completed games, the Linzer are the first pursuers of league leaders Salzburg. The residue is 14 points. In third place, the men of coach Oliver Glasner but in turn already five points ahead. With 31 goals and 18 goals against it, the Linz ASK places the best values of the league behind champions Red Bull in these two categories. In the domestic TGW Arena, the black-and-whites are still unbeaten this season. With four wins and five draws Linz occupies “only” the third place in the home table. Away, the LASK collected 17 points and is thus the best away team behind the cops from the city of Mozart.
Coach Glasner bets on a 5-2-3 formation and lets aggressive pressing play. In possession of the ball, the system often becomes 3-4-3. In addition, the athletics sports club scored nine goals after corners and a total of 14 goals by standards. This is both the league maximum. One of the key players was Thomas Goiginger with three goals and seven assists. This makes Goiginger the second-best goalkeeper in the Bundesliga. In defense, Gernot Trauner held the store together. If the LASK can stay in second place this would be the best league season in 54 years. In the winter, the squad was reinforced with midfielder Stefan Haudum and striker Joao Klauss (from Hoffenheim). In winter, the club completed a training camp in Algorfa, Spain. In total, six test matches were on the program for Linz. With four wins and two draws showed the Linzer ASK even in these games a good early form. This form was then confirmed in the first competitive game of the year, when Linz defeated the current league table of the Bundesliga, St. Pölten, at home 6-0 in the Cup quarter-finals. The most dangerous LASK striker is Joao Victor, who is in third place on the scoresheet with seven goals.
According to the current status, Austria from Vienna would be qualified for the championship round. But the cushion on the sixth and seventh places is only one or four points. If the Viennese are not careful, they could slip off the championship group into the qualifying group. After the mixed autumn, Austria did not only want to make the leap into the champions’ group, but also to get involved in the front. In winter, the club completed a training camp in Belek, Turkey. In five test matches, there were two wins, a draw and two defeats. With Kevin Friesenbichler and Lucas Venuto two willing players were given. From Finland came with Sterling Yateke a 19-year-old hopefuls. Also the German coach Thomas Letsch was not uncontroversial in the first half of the season. He was succeeded by Thorsten Fink in February 2018. After 30 Bundesliga games is Letsch’s record as Austria coach at 13 wins, four draws and 13 defeats. With a 6-1 home win in the Vienna derby against Rapid in the last competitive match of the past year, the coach was able to save his job but for now.
After the squad break in the summer, the team must deliver slowly results. In the first 18 games coach Letsch let play various systems. But for the second half of the season, in order to promote automatisms and to bring more continuity in the team, one wants to commit to a basic system. After the test games and the cup match this should probably be the 4-4-2. Overall, the Violets want to qualify in the championship round for a European competition. In the first competitive match of the year 2019, the Viennese had to go to Graz in the Cup quarter-finals. But there the violets showed old weaknesses again. With a better chance utilization one might have already been able to make a preliminary decision after the first hit. In addition there were incredible individual mistakes and many ball losses. As a result, the Austria was again vulnerable to counterattacks. In addition, in the difficult second half, there was also a lack of a leading player, on which the players can orient themselves and straighten up. Offensive player Ewandro missed the prelude to the Bundesliga after his red card in the cup.
LASK Linz vs Austria Vienna head to head matches
23.09.18 BUN Austria Vienna LASK Linz 0 : 3
21.04.18 BUN LASK Linz Austria Vienna 1 : 0
10.02.18 BUN Austria Vienna LASK Linz 1 : 3
28.10.17 BUN LASK Linz Austria Vienna 2 : 2
12.08.17 BUN Austria Vienna LASK Linz 2 : 0