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The field of participation in the UEFA Europa League will be finalized on Thursday evening before the group stage begins after the second international break. A total of 42 teams are fighting for progress in the play-off round this year. From an Austrian point of view, the duel between Sporting Lisbon and LASK is of particular interest.
The duel is a deja vu for both teams, because last season both teams qualified for the knockout phase in the group phase of the Europa League. In 2020/21, however, only one of the two teams will participate in the group stage.
The game at Estadio Jose Alvalade starts on Thursday evening at 20:00 p.m. More interesting previews and predictions for the play-off games can be found in our Europa League betting category.
The green-whites from Lisbon have already celebrated 18 championships, 17 cup wins and also internationally. Purely by name, there is no question of who will be the favorite on Thursday evening.
However, there is one question that has its justification and will probably only be clarified shortly before kick-off. According to local reports, there were again a number of positive cases at the Portuguese top club. The start of the league had to be postponed, now nine other players and two coaches have allegedly tested positive in addition to head coach Ruben Amorim and are therefore not available to Sporting Lisbon.
In the 1-0 win against Aberdeen last Thursday, the Portuguese could not draw on the full, now the task is made even more difficult by further failures. Although the squad also offers a lot of quality across the board, the tip on the home side between Sporting Lisbon and LASK seems too risky.
Despite the difficult personnel situation, the results so far have been satisfactory. Against Scottish underdog Aberdeen, an early goal by youngster Tiago Tomas was enough to secure progress. In the first league game in 2020/21, a penalty and a standard ensured an undisputed 2-0 win against Pacos Ferreira. Two games without conceding ensure at least a healthy dose of self-confidence in the home side.
After the chaos surrounding the prohibited training and the surprising dismissal of Valerien Ismael, calm has slowly but surely returned to the black and white camp. The current Europa League qualification represents the aftermath of a messed up spring. Instead of the renewed fixed participation, the Linzers now have to tremble.
Neo-trainer Dominik Thalhammer – who previously worked for the Austrian women’s national team – already felt a certain pressure before the first competitive game. The results in preparation left a lot to be desired, but with the kick-off into the 2020/21 competitive season, things are going absolutely according to plan at LASK.
Five competitive games have been played in the season so far, the record with four wins and one draw could hardly be better. Above all, the offensive shone in the last few games. In the last two games, LASK scored ten direct hits. After an impressive 7-0 victory over Dunajska Strada last Thursday, LASK also celebrated a well-deserved 3-1 success in the top Bundesliga match against WAC.
Playing in the crucial qualifying game abroad seems like a disadvantage at first glance. However, this is not necessarily the case with LASK. Last season, LASK celebrated eleven wins in eleven away games in the regular season of the Austrian Bundesliga.
But the Upper Austrians were also able to surprise internationally with their high counterpressing and attack-like offensive game. Due to the question marks among the hosts, a tip on the guests definitely appears promising on Thursday between Sporting Lisbon and LASK.
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