11th place is Austria’s big goal in the UEFA five-year ranking. Accordingly, the two remaining Austrian representatives in the Europa League need success to intercept Turkey. However, the first leg last Thursday was a setback for these ambitions. While Red Bull Salzburg is only optimistic about progress, the LASK has a good chance of qualifying for the round of sixteen.

Lask vs Alkmaar Soccer Betting Predictions

In international comparison, both teams do not have a big name, but the performances shown in the past weeks and months have been outstanding, both with the home side from the steel city of Linz and with the guests from Alkmaar. The bookmakers saw the direct duel accordingly openly. After the 1-1 draw in the first leg, the LASK has the advantage on its own side.

This role must be confirmed in the second leg, a goalless draw would already be enough for the LASK. But the Ismael elf will not want to deny this ride on the razor blade and will instead take the scepter in hand. The betting base odds comparison shows between LASK and Alkmaar currently odds around 1.80 for the tip on home win.

Lask – Statistics & current form

It must feel a bit like in a fairy tale what the LASK is currently going through. “Currently” does not only mean a period of the last few weeks, not even referring to the last few months, but the soaring black and white from Linz has been going on for several years now. The traditional club emerged from the sink like a phoenix from the ashes.

The brilliant rise of the LASK

In 2013/14 the LASK was still in the third division – which has no professional status in Austria – and faced major financial problems. In the meantime, the LASK has not only arrived in the Bundesliga, but the leader after 20 of 22 games in the basic round and has the best chance of being represented in the Europa League.

The Austrian media has already spoken of a “jackpot season”. Considering the 14 million budget, this is understandable, because this season alone, thanks to UEFA bonuses and redemptions, the revenues are already a proud 19 million euros. If they progressed against Alkmaar, there would be another 1.1 million euros in bonuses.

The strong autumn shape has been preserved

After the outstanding autumn of 2019, the bar was extremely high, but the Ismael team topped the results in the first weeks of spring 2020 and rushed from victory to victory on the national stage. The move into the cup semi-finals was also fixed, as was the jump to the top of the table thanks to a victory in the Bulls.

“I have already noticed that some fans in their euphoria think that we will surely beat them. But that would be the wrong approach. ” – Marvin Potzmann

Between the two Alkmaar games, the LASK against Sankt Pölten was easy, led comfortably after a few minutes and was therefore able to spare important forces for the Europa League game on Thursday. Despite the successes, it can always be heard that the team remains on the ground. Marvin Potzmann stepped on the euphoria brake after the victory and sees no self-improvement on Thursday.

The Linz Gugl will be sold out for the sixth time and will create a great atmosphere. With the fans in the back and the current form, the climb is actually realistic. The best bookmakers, according to our large comparison, offer odds of around 1.40 between the Lask and Alkmaar for predicting the progress of the Austrian club.

Probable lineup of Lask:
➲ Schlager – Filipovic, Trauner, Wiesinger – Renner, Holland, Michorl, Ranftl – Frieser, Raguz, Goiginger

Last Lask games:

⚽️ 02/23/2020 – Lask vs. St. Pölten 4: 1 (Bundesliga)
⚽️ 02/20/2020 – AZ Alkmaar vs. Lask 1: 1 (Europa League)
⚽️ 02/14/2020 – Red Bull Salzburg vs. Lask 2: 3 (Bundesliga)
⚽️ 02/08/2020 – Lask vs. Sturm Graz 2: 0 (cup)
⚽️ 02/01/2020 – Lask vs. Viking Stavanger 1-0 (Friendly Match)

Alkmaar – Statistics & current form

The situation at AZ Alkmaar is somewhat comparable to that at LASK. The Dutch had not disappeared into the insignificance of national football a few years ago, but hardly any football fan thinks of AZ Alkmaar at Klubm from the Eredivisie. Ajax Amsterdam, PSV Eindhoven and Feyenoord Rotterdam are significantly more prominent.

However, the picture turned a little on the green lawn.

After 23 rounds, Alkmaar is currently the first chaser of Ajax Amsterdam and in view of only three points behind the dreams of the third championship title in the club’s history (most recently 2008/09) are definitely allowed.

Alkmaar has a lot of talent

Even if the big names are not in the squad, Alkmaar has an extremely exciting team to offer. There are only three Ü30 players in the team of the first team, the majority are extremely young, talented and keen to play. For Myron Boadu (19), Teun Koopmeiners (20), Calvin Stengs (21), Owen Wijndal (20) or Hakon Evjen (20), Alkmaar is probably just a stopover, because the big clubs are already lining up.

Defensive personnel problems

The situation before the second leg for head coach Arne Slot – who only started last summer – is made more difficult by the personnel situation on the defensive. Rotuinier Ron Vlaar (ex-international) is unavailable due to injury, as is Stijn Wuyten and Pantelis Chatzidiakos. As a result, top talent and captain Teun Koopmeiners have to leave the sixth position and help out in central defense.

Despite these failures, the guests are by no means without chance. The betting base expects a duel, which is certainly closer than the betting odds suggest. If we had to decide on the three-way, we see between the Lask and Alkmaar with a prediction on the guests a significantly better risk-return ratio than with the alternative options.

Probable lineup of Alkmaar:
➲ Bizot – Wijndal, Koopmeiners, Leeuwin, Svensson – Clasie, Evjen – Idrissi, de Wit, Stengs – Boadu

Last games from Alkmaar:

⚽️ 02/23/2020 – AZ Alkmaar vs. PEC Zwolle 2-0 (Eredivisie)
⚽️ 02/20/2020 – AZ Alkmaar vs. Lask 1: 1 (Europa League)
⚽️ 02/15/2020 – Twente Enschede vs. AZ Alkmaar 2: 0 (Eredivisie)
⚽️ 02/12/2020 – AZ Alkmaar vs. NAC Breda 1: 3 (cup)
⚽️ 01/31/2020 – AZ Alkmaar vs. Waalwijk 4-0 (Eredivisie)

Lask vs Alkmaar Direct comparison & statistics highlights

Initially, the Austrian vice champion was able to thank the VAR when there was a penalty alert in the first few minutes, but this was not confirmed after the images were examined. In the final seconds, however, the VAR spoke up again and saw a punishable handball by midfielder James Holland in his own 16. Alkmaar did not miss the late chance to equalize. The 1: 1 draw still gives the LASK an advantage in a knockout duel with AZ Alkmaar.

Lask vs Alkmaar Soccer Betting Predictions

Two strong teams, who always put the opponent in stressful situations through high pressing, face each other in this second leg. The philosophy in the team camp is relatively similar and that’s why we expect another duel at eye level. Accordingly, the odds for the Austrians are set too low between the Lask and Alkmaar. Favorite yes, but not to this extent.

Key facts – Lask vs Alkmaar tips

📌 The LASK can count on a full Gugl
📌 It was only in the final phase that Alkmaar was able to equalize thanks to a penalty
📌 Defense defenses pose problems for Alkmaar

A bet on the over 2.5 is more interesting than a bet on the double chance X2. There were already enough chances on goal last Thursday, this time the goals should be scored. Above all, Alkmaar is forced to play forward and the LASK will not rely on the defensive, but will look for the way forward.

The initial situation after the 1: 1 first leg result accordingly speaks for an offensive game.

Competition: Europa League
Date: Feb 27, 2020
Prediction Today: Over 2.5
Odds: 1.82
Stake: 6/10 units