Club Brugge took important and narrow victory in the first leg, with a goal scored early into the match from a penalty kick.
Overall, they did show more and appeared as a far more experienced team – but still, the tempo and the pace of the game was pretty much determined with that early goal.
LASK was unable to threaten further and in a more concrete way, while the Belgium side was simply very well satisfied with the lead from the tenth minute and didn’t want to risk further on.
The side didn’t play their Jupiler League game this weekend, trying to prepare better for this one. after four games played, they are two points behind the leaders from Standard Liege but logically with a game less played.
Defender Mechele (2/0) is doubtful for this match, as he missed the game in Austria too.
After they have defeated Basel twice into the previous Champions League qualifying round, probably everyone around LASK expected more out of the first leg, but now the team will need to make even more difficult job and revert the situation into their favor.
No doubt that they are now quite big underdogs when the progress to the group stage is in question, but that’s the exact reason why they can approach this game a bit more relaxed having not much to lose.
The team did well during the weekend to beat Rapid Vienna on the road 1:2, despite a very busy schedule. They limited their opponents to almost no concrete thing done in attack and deservedly took the three-pointer. After five rounds, they have four victories and a draw, being two points behind the leaders from Salzburg.
Defender Ramsebner (2/1) and midfielder Oh aren’t included into the team due to injuries.
Now with LASK being in a situation where they simply need to open up and seek for a goal from a quite early phase of the game, this should come as a much more open game.
Club Brugge has the quality to score three alone here, once the Austrians open up. Still, they have shown to be far more experienced side than the team from Linz and their victory shouldn’t be questionable here.
Tvmoca propose : Over 2.5 Goals