LASK vs Club Brugge for the Champions League qualification match on Tuesday at Linzer Stadium.
The last 12 months have been an absolute dream for LASK Linz fans.
They qualified for the Europa League for the first time in 2017/18 and, although eliminated in the qualifiers, still marked their first appearance in Europe since the Intertoto Cup show at the turn of the millennium.
What followed was an impressive performance in the Austrian Bundesliga, which culminated in a runner-up medal and their best result since they won the title in 1965.
The Austrians were only promoted to the top in 2017, and so have been a meteoric rise for them.
They continued this strong trend for the new campaign as well. So far they have won 6 of their 7 competitive matches and failed to win for the first time over the weekend as they drew with Swarovski Tirol.
Most impressive was their surprising 5-2 aggregate Champions League victory, including a 3-1 home win against Basel.
Club Brugge are regulars in continental competition but will be very cautious with newcomers following the Basel result.
Belgian visitors reached the Champions League group stage last season, but much of their success is based on their home form. Far from home, things are less convincing.
In fact, Brugge has won just one of their last 12 Champions League away games, which came in the form of a 4-0 clash against Monaco last season. They have also lost 8 of these 12 matches and face a LASK team that has won 4 of their last 5 home matches.
The struggles of the visitors in away games are not only limited to European football. In all competitions, they have won just 8 of their last 24 away matches, so even their national success is built on their home records.
Given LASK’s outstanding performance against Basel last week, I think supporting the Austrians to win is a good value offer on Tuesday.
Bet: V1 Draw Null