LASK Linz vs Club Brugge
Champions League Qualification
Date: Tuesday, 20 August 2019
Kick-off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Linzer Stadium (Linz).
LASK Linz will be looking to pull another surprise in Europe and secure the Champions League football for the first time in club’s history, when they take on Club Brugge in a two-leg tie that will kick off this Tuesday.
‘Die Schwarz-Weissen’ have managed to eliminate Swiss side FC Basel in the previous round with 5-2 aggregate win and they’re doing great in this year’s edition of Austrian Bundesliga with 3 wins and a draw after four rounds.
The Belgian runners-up have secured the Playoffs after beating Ukrainian giants Dynamo Kiev 4-3 on aggregate. Club Brugge was a better side overall, and 1-0 win in first leg was crucial, although Dynamo fought hard in a highly entertaining 3-3 draw in Kiev.
Now their aim is to get to Champions League Group Stages, which is a familiar territory for them. The ‘Blauw-Zwart ‘ have exactly the same record as LASK in domestic league – 3 wins and a draw, but they’re slightly more effective, with eleven goals to their name, and only one conceded.
LASK Linz vs Club Brugge: Head to Head
This will be their first ever go at each other.
LASK Linz vs Club Brugge: Prediction
Phrase ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ works just fine for Valerian Ismael, LASK’s new manager. They’re still playing the same attacking football they played under Oliver Glasner, who took over at Wolfsburg this summer. Matches against Basel were quite even, but Austrian side was more clinical and Basel made some critical mistakes in defence. One thing really stands out – all goals, seven of them over two legs, were scored in the 2nd half.
Club Brugge are favorites to win Jupiler Pro League this season and they started off the new campaign in a brilliant fashion. Just as LASK, they have a new man in charge, Philippe Clement, who is a well-known figure among ‘Blauw-Zwart ‘ faithuls. Clement has decided to step down as Genk manager after securing the title with them to take over at Club Brugge, where he spent ten long years as a player, and was a member of staff (scout, assistant, even caretaker on two occasions) for six seasons. He’s home now.
We should see an interesting game between two attacking sides that can easily go bonkers in the second half. The hosts won’t back out from their 3-4-3 formation that got them thus far but keeping a clean sheet might be a problem against a team that scored three against Dynamo on the road.
LASK Linz vs Club Brugge: Bet Tips
Both teams to score – Yes @ 1.75 (3/4)
2nd Half Goals: Over 1.5 @ 2.00 (Evens).