Basel and LASK Linz meet in St. Jakob ‑ Park, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (3rd Qualifying Round). This will be the first direct confrontation between these two teams, since they have never faced each other before. Particular attention is needed for the home / away condition, since both teams have significantly different results at home and abroad.
The home team reaches this stage of the UEFA Champions League (3rd Qualifying Round) after having eliminated the PSV, after a home victory by (2‑1) and a defeat by (3‑2) away in the previous tie. This is a team that curiously has been stronger as a visitor than in their home games, since in the last 30 matches it records 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses as a visitor; against 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses in his stadium. In the last match he played, for the Super League, he won the Thun out by (2‑3). In their last 10 home games, Basel records 7 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 9 of the last 10 games, so his defense needs to improve, but his attack has scored regularly, as he always scored at least one goal in the last 10 games. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 40 of their last 61 matches have ended with Over 2.5 goals.
Basel will play with the support of its fans, so it wants to show good football, so that it can achieve a positive result and take an advantage for the game back. To achieve its goal, the Basel team will have to press their rivals, showing good football and taking advantage of the opportunities they create throughout the game. The coach must not have significant absences for this match.
The visiting team plays its first game in this edition of the UEFA Champions League with the intention of winning a positive result as a visitor. This is a team that curiously has been stronger outside than at home, since in the last 30 games it records 10 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss as a visitor; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in his stadium. In the last match he played, for the Bundesliga, he won against Austria Vienna by (0‑3). In its last 10 away games, LASK Linz records 8 wins, 1 draw and 1 loss. His attack has scored regularly, as he always scored at least one goal in the last 10 games. In the last 10 home games for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: he suffered 4 of his 9 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘).
The Linz will have a complicated mission ahead, so he will have to be very alert throughout the duel, to try to defend with quality and not make defensive mistakes. We hope that the visiting team defends very hard and tries to close the spaces to the premises. The coach must put in the field a very competitive team with a more defensive posture.