LASK Linz vs Basel Prediction & Tips
FC Basel passed PSV Eindoven in the preliminary round 2 easier than the score shows (2-1 at home, 2-3 away). The second leg, played in Switzerland, was controlled by the team coached by Marcel Koller, who is very strong on his own field and, in addition, has a lot of international experience.
Basel has an offensive that puts pressure on any opponent, but also a defense that should be more careful. FC Basel has scored at least two goals in 4 of the 5 official matches of the new season, receiving a goal each time. Home team have an offensive style of play.
Coach Koller can count on all the important players, including Ricky van Wolfswinkel and Luca Zuffi, who have been accused of minor medical problems. Central midfielder Zdravko Kuzmanovic is injured in the long run.
LASK Linz finished 2nd in Austria last season. He never participated in the Champions League preliminaries. Moreover, he has not played in the European Cups since 1999. We are talking, therefore, about the lack of experience at this level, which can lead to a “naivety” in the game that will be immediately speculated on by an opponent like FC Basel.
LASK Linz started the season well in the domestic competition (2-0 with Altach and 3-0 with Austria Vienna), but there were matches with a different degree of difficulty, compared to the preliminary round of the Champions League 3.
Like FC Basel, LASK has an offensive mentality.
Missing Wostry, offensive linemen Benko and Oh, as well as striker Otubanjo.
FC Basel’s lot is almost three times more valuable than LASK Linz’s. While the Swiss have players listed at 8 million euros, the most expensive Austrian footballer is valued at 3 million euros. It is a detail that we should take into account, because it is a difference that matters at this level, corroborated with the experience / inexperience in European cups. The Swiss vice-champion showed the past seasons how strong he is on his own ground, in the continental competitions, and in the preliminary round 2 he defeated PSV Eindhoven at home.
LASK Linz – Basel FREE TIPS
Basel – Win @ 3.25
Both teams to score / YES @ 1.80
Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.90