LASK hosts AZ Alkmaar in the second leg of the Europa League 1/16 finals. The match will be played on Thursday, February 27th at Linzer Stadion (Linz)
The very fact that LASK got in the main Europa League grid was already a bit surprising. In the group where the Austrian team had to play against Sporting, PSV and Rosenborg, it was predicted the fourth and last place in advance. Yeah right now. The Austrians took and won this group. As for the local championship, LASK did the thing that seemed impossible in recent years – the team moved Salzburg from 1st place and took it. After the match in Holland, LASK tore St. Pelten to pieces (4-1).
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AZ has more experience in European cups. In the group, it left Partizan and Astana overboard. As for the local championship, the team chases leading Ajax, lagging six points behind it.
In the first match, the rivals tied with a 1-1 score. However, such a draw is a reason for the war on the part of the Dutch. It is generally surprising how such two productive teams limited themselves in only two goals scored. After all, LASK played with Over 2.5 goals scored in four of six matches played in the group. And AZ showed the same result, while its goal difference was 15-8. But I think the opponents will fix it in the upcoming match. The Dutch have nowhere to go - they need to win back, go forward and score. They know how to do it. With all due respect to the Austrians and all their exploits this season, AZ knows to breach the defense of such teams. And it will breach this one, and quite possibly more than one time. But AZ does not look strong in defense either. It conceded eight goals in the group. In the last four matches, it conceded five goals. And it will probably concede in Austria. But in general, the rivals will surely please the audience with at least three goals for two.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.5 goals scored