In a bid to keep their Europa League hopes alive, LASK Linz faces Union SG at the Raiffeisen Arena. LASK is determined to bounce back after a heartbreaking defeat in their previous encounter.
LASK Linz, like in their opening Europa League match against Liverpool, had a lead at halftime against Union SG in their last meeting but ended up losing 2-1.
This defeat left them at the bottom of Group E, and they are yet to secure a point in the competition.
However, LASK Linz aims to turn their fortunes around as they prepare for a crucial match against Union SG.
A positive result is necessary for them to stay in the competition and keep their hopes alive for a knockout round playoff or a Europa Conference League berth.
For Union SG, their win against LASK Linz on matchday three kept their hopes of securing the top spot in the group alive.
The victory was part of their impressive six-game winning streak across domestic and continental competitions.
Union SG is currently leading the Jupiler Pro League table, making them a formidable force.
Despite their attacking prowess, Union SG has struggled defensively, failing to keep a clean sheet in their last five matches.
However, their ability to score consistently has been a crucial asset. A victory against LASK Linz would guarantee Union SG a top-three finish in the group and keep them in contention for the top spot.
LASK Linz’s Moses Usor, who scored in their previous match, had an injury but has since recovered.
However, several players, including Adil Taoui, Tobias Anselm, Ebrima Darboe, Branko Jovicic, Rene Renner, and Philipp Wiesinger, remain sidelined due to injuries.
Star striker Robert Zulj is one caution away from missing the match against Liverpool. He is expected to lead the attack.
Union SG is facing uncertainties about the fitness of two-goal attacker Mohamed Amoura and midfielder Lazare Amani, who were forced off in their recent match. Gustaf Nilsson is also doubtful due to a hamstring injury.
LASK Linz Possible Starting Lineup:
- Zieris, Andrade, Taloverov;
- Stojkovic, Horvath, Ljubic, Bello;
- Flecker, Zulj, Usor
Union SG Possible Starting Lineup:
- Mac Allister, Burgess, Machida;
- Castro-Montes, Amani, Puertas, Vanhoutte, Lapoussin;
- Rodriguez, Eckert Ayensa
Prediction: LASK Linz 1-1 Union SG
LASK Linz is eager to secure their first point in the competition and extend their European journey. With uncertainties about Amoura’s availability for Union SG, a draw seems likely in this encounter.