After taking on Sporting Lisbon and Rosenborg, PSV host LASK in round three of the Europa League group D campaign. PSV have never previously met Austrian opponents in a group stage and this is LASK’s first competitive encounter against Dutch opposition.
Encounters with Austrian clubs
The two team have never met before but PSV played SV Reid from Austria in a Europa League qualifier in 2011. PSV progressed to the next round after a goalless draw in Austria and an emphatic 5-0 victory at home. PSV beat SKN St. Pölten twice in 2014. PSV’s favourite Austrian opponents are Rapid Wien (6 wins, 2 draw and 2 defeats). PSV never slipped to defeat against an Austrian opponent in the Philips Stadion.
LASK are currently lying second in the Austrian Bundesliga behind leaders Red Bull Salzburg. Last season, Red Bull Salzburg were crowned champions in Austria and LASK finished in second place. LASK are having a good run at the start of the new season. They thrashed eighth-placed Mattersburg 7-2 on their last outing. They are third in the Europa League Group D. LASK beat Norwegian champions Rosenborg 1-0 at home before surrendering a half-time lead and going down 2-1 in Lisbon.
Players to watch
LASK have played eleven games in the Austrian league so far this season. Marko Raguz and Thomas Goiginger are their leading scorers, with four goals each. Midfielder Peter Michorl netted one goal and has six assists to his name. LA SK conceded only eight goals in eleven games, thanks to the defensive skills of the centre backs Gernot Trauner and Philipp Wiesinger and their talented goalkeeper Alexander Schlag.