LASK-Liverpool. Jürgen Klopp can relax
Mikhail Korobov September 20, 2023, 14:30 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
The Reds coach stated that only after an away victory can he allow himself to have a glass of beer. This is the case!
On September 21, the matchday 1 of the Europa League group stage LASK – Liverpool will be played. The game starts at 19:45 Moscow time. The bookmakers have already made a forecast, they consider the guests as favorites: in the bookmakers you can bet on the English victory with odds of 1.33. Experts estimate the success of the Austrian club at 8.80. Tie bets are accepted at 5.90.
Bookmaker odds for the Europa League match LASK – Liverpool on September 21, 2023
Bookmakers are confident that the match between LASK and Liverpool will be productive: a total of more than 2.5 goals is equal to 1.50, and a total of less than 2.5 goals is equal to 2.60. If the hosts score, the odds will be 1.68. The away goal is available in betting houses with an odds of 1.05. You can bet on “both will score” for 1.84.
Analysis and forecast for the match on the 1st day of the Europa League group stage LASK – Liverpool (09/21/2023)
In the context of the Champions League, let’s not forget about another prestigious European tournament – the Europa League. On September 21, 16 matches will be played on the 1st day of the group stage. In one of them, local LASK will host Liverpool at the Raiffeisen Arena in Linz. The kick-off is scheduled for 19:45 Moscow time.
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Competition in the Austrian Bundesliga has always been low. For the last 10 years, Red Bull Salzburg has ruled the roost here. Other teams, in particular LASK, have no choice but to compete for second and third place in the standings. At the end of last season, the black and white finished in third position.
The team from Linz is also in third place. It is unlikely that he will be able to finish the season in a higher position. In the last five matches, LASK won four times and ended in a draw. Curiously, each of the four victories was achieved with the same difference of two goals.
LASK has never been famous for its success on the international stage. Only once in its history did it manage to reach the Europa League playoffs: in the 2019/2020 season. Then the whites and blacks were increasing. Well, they got lucky with the group. We found some convenient opponents.
The Linz Club reached the round of 16 of the tournament, having beaten AZ Alkmaar in the previous phase (1-1 and 2-0). Manchester United did not let him go further (0-5 and 1-2). And now, four years later, LASK is once again waiting for a meeting with one of the strongest and most titled clubs in England: Liverpool.
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For most of last season, the Merseysiders were very stormy. First of all, they lacked stability. However, towards the end of the championship, Jürgen Klopp fine-tuned the mechanics of the game. In the last nine games of last season, its players did not suffer a single defeat, with only two draws.
Thus, the Reds finished in fifth place in the Premier League standings and qualified for the Europa League for the first time in seven years. Previously, Liverpool constantly competed in the Champions League. He has every chance to win the second most important international club tournament.
In the summer, the Merseysiders underwent some personnel changes. Many long-standing leaders left the team: Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Fabinho. Dominik Szoboszlai, Alexis Mac Allister, Wataru Endo and Ryan Gravenberch were acquired to replace the departed players.
The Reds had a great start to the season. In five Premier League games they only tied with Chelsea (1-1), in the first round match. Then Klopp’s team beat Bournemouth (3-1), Newcastle (2-1), Aston Villa (3-0) and Wolverhampton (3-1). In this way, they occupy third place in the classification.
Mohamed Salah played a special role in the successes. He was effective in each of these games. In total, the Egyptian scored two goals and provided four assists. Thus, he set a new record, becoming the best assister in the Premier League among African players. The forward made 63 decisive passes.
In addition, Salah surpassed 200 points in Liverpool’s goal+pass system. It took him 223 games to achieve it. Only the legendary Thierry Henry scored that many points faster in league history (206 games for London Arsenal). In the next match Mohamed will surely impress again with his performance.
You can bet on Liverpool’s victory with a handicap (-1.5) in bookmakers with odds of 1.90. It seems that Jurgen Klopp will be able to drink beer. In a recent interview, the German coach admitted that he can only afford this if his team wins an away game.
The coach jokingly noted that last season he almost became teetotal. Klopp noted that things are much better now with travel. The victories in matches against the strong Newcastle and Wolverhampton confirm this. Merseysiders should not have any serious problems with LASK.
Prediction and bet on the LASK Europa League match – Liverpool September 21, 2023
In the next match, teams of completely different classes will face each other. LASK seems like a clear outsider. They have much less competition in the championship and a worse squad than Liverpool. Thanks to specific reinforcements, the “reds” gained excellent momentum. He looks like one of the main favorites of the tournament, not to mention this match.
Tender: Victory for Liverpool with a handicap (-1.5) for 1.90.