LASK Linz and Basel measure forces at Stadion der Stadt Linz, in a second leg for this phase of the UEFA Champions League (3rd Qualifying Round), after the victory outside of LASK Linz by (1-2) in the game of Going. In this match the home factor may be decisive, since both teams have considerable differences in the results won at home and as a visitor.
LASK Linz :
After the victory outside by (1-2), the home team comes to this second leg with a 1 goal lead. This is a team that curiously conquers more positive results as a visitor than at home, since in the last 30 matches it records 11 wins, 3 draws and 1 loss as a visitor, with 36 goals scored and 13 suffered; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in his stadium, with 29 goals scored and 12 suffered. In the last match he played, for the Bundesliga, he won Admira out by (0-1). In its last 10 home games LASK Linz records 5 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses. His attack has scored regularly, as he always scored at least one goal in the last 10 games.
The LASK is motivated for this match, after a 0-1 victory against Admira, in a match for the Austrian Championship. We remember that the Austrians surprised everyone by beating Basel 1-2 in the first leg: Trauner and Klauss scored the goals. Valérien Ismaël’s team usually plays in a 3-4-3, with Klauss as the most offensive reference of the home team. We remember that the Austrians have quality in counterattacks, completion and stopped balls. Midfielder Peter Michorl is one of the best players in this team, being a midfielder with great vision of the game. Not available due to injury will be Ramsebner and Reiter.
After the defeat at home, the visiting team comes to this second leg with a 1-goal drawback and with the difficult task of recovering this negative result as a visitor. This is a team that curiously has been stronger outside than at home, since in the last 30 matches it records 11 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses as a visitor; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in his stadium. The team arrives at this match after a home victory with Servette by (3‑1). In the last 10 matches played as a visitor for all competitions, Basel won 8 and lost 2. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 9 of the last 10 matches, so his defense needs to improve, but his attack has marked regularly , since he always scored at least one goal in the last 10 games.
The Swiss of Basel arrive in this match with a 3-1 victory against Servette, returning to victories after a defeat against LASK. We point out that Basel failed to confirm all his favoritism and the advantage of playing at home to beat LASK in the first game, losing 1-2. In this game as a visitor, coach Marcel Koller must choose a more dominant style of play, benefiting the attacks organized by the flanks: Stocker is a very fast and expert player in the offensive transition. On the other hand, Luca Zuffi is the one responsible for creating and organizing the offensive process. The great absence of Basel is striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel, due to injury.