Basel had the toughest possible opponent in the second qualifying round but still managed to somehow to pull out a progress thanks to away goal rule against PSV Eindhoven.
They suffered 3:2 loss in the first leg on the road, winning 2:1 at home last Tuesday night, even though the opponents from Holland have created much more in both matches actually.
Efficiency was their problem, while Basel would probably have much more difficult task if the game was played a few weeks later when the Dutches get into the proper form. Still, the Swiss side now has a far easier job and remains a very strong favorite.
They rotated a bit on Saturday evening, but still managed to pull out a 2:3 victory away to Thun. Early in the season, they are a point behind Young Boys after three rounds, but surely with a primary focus on the Champions League qualifying matches.
LASK Linz had a great previous season, ending up at the second position behind powerhouse Salzburg. They were the second force of Austrian football very convincing, as the team suffered just five defeats in the season.
The new has started in the best possible way, with progress further in the Cup competition over amateur Vocklamarkt, while the side recorded two victories in Bundesliga as well.
Season opening game saw them winning against Altach 2:0, while they have also won last Saturday evening away to Austria Vienna 3:0.
Defensive midfielder Kuzmanovic and forward Ademi (1/1) are injured but probably wouldn’t make the squad anyway for this one while striker Ajeti (3/2) and left-back Petretta (2/0) are injured too. The guests miss defender Wostry, offensive midfielder Benko and Oh are sidelined due to injuries but without significant influence last season. Forward Otubanjo is injured too.
Austrians are showing decent shape for the early part of the season, but much more things are speaking in favor of the Swiss side. The hosts were already tested against a strong opponent, while they certainly do have the individual quality to overpower the Austrians at home.
An open game is expected here since neither of the teams prefers defensive and passive approach. Tha Austrians definitely know that they can’t stand behind the ball and see what happens, neither it’s been their characteristic so far.
Tvmoca propose : Basel&Over 2.5 Goals