Champions League / LASK Linz vs Club Brugge – LASK is one of pleasant surprises in the Champions League qualifiers; no one anticipated that this team will come on verge of the group phase in which have never reached before. On the other hand Club Brugge is expectedly here although Dynamo Kyiv was a tough rival in the third qualifying round. LASK has eliminated Basel in the third round and this is going to be their first ever head-to-head in European competitions.
Game LASK Linz vs Club Brugge begins 20.08.2019 at 21:00 CET
LASK won the second place in the Austrian Bundesliga last season, behind untouchable Salzburg, and thus qualified for the Champions League qualifications. They faced Basel in the third qualifying round and were outsiders as Basel had eliminated French PSV before. However, were surprised in the 1st leg and won 1-2. They verified good result from the first match at home where they won by 3-1 lead and now have a secured place in the Europa League group stage. They started well the new season in Austria where they won three matches with a clean sheet, while on last Saturday they drew with Tyrol 1-1. Ramsebner is injured and cannot play this match.
Probable lineups LASK Linz: Schlager – Wiesinger, Pogatetz, Trauner – Ranftl, Michorl, Holland, Renner – Goiginger, Tetteh – Klauss
Club Brugge also won the second place in Belgium and started with qualification in the third round. They faced strong Dynamo Kyiv and home victory 1 -0 in the 1st round was a good result, which Vanaken set from the pentalty. They didn’t receive a goal at home and that made their job in the very exciting rematch. They received an early goal but had quickly equalised and then did it two times more, give that the hosts had lead of 2-1 and 3-2. Stopper Mechele replaced Mitrovic in the rematch and that was the only change in the team. Tau was sent off near the end of match and cannot play now, while his replacement could be Openda.
Probable lineups Club Bruggea: Mignolet – Clinton Mata, Mechele, Deli, Sobol – Rits, Vanaken, Vormer – Openda, Dennis, Okereke
Betting Pick: LASK Linz vs Club Brugge
LASK has showed its true colours in matches with Basel but it is questionable can they repeat all that? Club Brugge is far more experienced in European leagues and we expect from the guests to impose their rhythm and not lose this match.
Pick: Asian handicap 0 Club Brugge
Odds: 2.10 at 888sport (down to 2.00 can be played)
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