The Conference League group phase is entering the hot phase: In Group A, LASK is tied for second place with Maccabi Tel-Aviv after three of six match days. On Thursday, Alashkert FC, the bottom of the group with no points, will visit the Linzers. The starting point is clear: If the black and white were successful at home, the knockout phase would be within reach.
The athletes won the first leg in Yerevan 3-0 – but LASK will still be warned of Armenia’s first European Cup finals: Alashkert was very witty in the first leg, hitting the aluminum case in Linz twice. In the domestic league, the Armenians returned to winning ways after a cautious start to the season last weekend: Against FC Van, the team of coach Milan Milanovic clearly won 4-0.
At LASK, the last sick Schmidt and Monschein return before the UECL game Florian Flecker has recovered after his positive Covid test from the previous week and is back again. Yannis Letard also returns to the squad after his hamstring injury.
On the other hand, James Holland, who injured his calf against Rapid, is not there. Lukas Grgic and Mamoudou Karamoko are covid-positive and will not be available on Thursday – like the already known failures Balic and Maresic. Central defender Jan Boller is suspended after three yellow cards in previous group matches.
Head coach Andreas Wieland before the game: “The starting position is clear: With a good performance and a good result, we can take a big step towards the knockout phase. That motivates us a lot and is a big goal. Tomorrow we want to be more efficient in front of goal and keep a clean sheet at the back.“
Media information: LASK