The 2023/24 Europa League campaign kicks off in earnest this Thursday with the first round of group games. Austrian outfit Lask Linz will get Group E proceedings underway at home with a tough match against English giants Liverpool. Lask had a slow start in their domestic season but have seemingly turned things around with a three-match winning streak including a 3-1 win away at Klagenfurt that shot them right back into 3rd place on the charts. Coach Thomas Sageder knows the visitors will present a much sterner level of competition but he will be looking to ruffle some feathers with an upset here.
Liverpool are coming off a rather lacklustre season by their standards that saw them miss out on the top 4 which is why they are playing in this second-tier competition as opposed to the Champions League that had become their staple food for years. They have however underlined their intentions to climb back to the top with a relatively solid start to this season’s EPL. After a dour 1-1 draw with Chelsea on the opening day of the season, they have turned on the turbo to reel off 4 straight wins and also moved to third on the log, just two points shy of leaders Man City who have won all five of their opening matches.
Looking at the two teams scoring output in their recent games, we are confident there will be a bucketload of goals in this fixture. Both teams have been scoring goals for fun and we expect that to be carried over to this opening group game. As such we are predicting at least three goals as our main Lask vs Liverpool prediction here. s, we anticipate a close encounter here.
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Main tip: Over 2.5 Goals
Our Lask vs Liverpool predictions
According to the statistics and the odds of the bookmakers, we suggest the following tips:
Prediction 1: Over 2.5 Goals
Coming into this match, both teams picked up identical 3-1 away wins at the weekend on the domestic front. That is not only indicative of the potent attacks they have but also symptomatic of how they have been producing the goods in front of goal in their recent matches. Lask have scored a massive 13 goals in their last 5 games (average 2.60 goals a match) while Liverpool have shaken the net 12 times in their last 5 (average 2.40 goals a match).
This being the opening game of the group, we can expect both teams to have a go at each other here and if their recent production in front of goal is anything to go by, fans can expect a treat here. It is on the basis of this that we are backing at least 3 goals to be scored in this match with sumptuous odds for this option offered at 1xBet.
Odds for this bet
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The odd of 1.48 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 68% chance that we will have at least 3 total goals scored by fulltime in this match
Odds comparison for Over 2.5 Goals
1xBet – Odd 1.48
Betwinner – odd 1.47
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Prediction 2: Most Goals 2nd Half
We expect the opening half of the game to be a bit conservative with both teams keeping their cards close to their chests. However, as the game unfolds, we are likely to have more openings in the latter part of the game with both teams eager to come out with a favorable result and legs getting weary too. The visitors have shown a great appetite for late-game execution with a series of comebacks thanks to late goals, including the weekend win at the Molineux in which they scored three 2nd half goals after trailing 1-0 at the break. Looking at the balance of probabilities here, we are inclined to go with the 2nd half of this match witnessing more goals than the opening half with fantastic prices for this available at Melbet.
Odds for this bet
Melbet offers competitive odds for “Most Goals 2nd Half”
The odd of 1.98 means that the bookmakers are calculating with a likelihood of approx. 51% chance that the second half of this game will have more goals than the first half
Odds comparisons for Most Goals 2nd Half
Melbet – odd 1.98
10Bet – 1.93
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Prediction 3: Salah Anytime Scorer
Mohammed Salah continues to be at the heart of the Liverpool attack. Although he did not score at the weekend, he had a hand in all three of Liverpool’s goals. He is also the designated penalty taker for the Reds and he hardly ever lets such opportunities go to waste. Although he is yet to get off the mark on the road in the league, the Egyptian maestro has tonnes of experience playing at the continental level and he always comes up with the goods. For our final Lask vs Liverpool prediction, we are backing Liverpool forward Salah to score a goal at any point in the game @ 1.80 at Melbet
Statistics for Lask vs Liverpool Prediction
This will be the maiden encounter between these two teams
Latest results Lask
4 wins and a draw in their last 5 matches
13 goals scored in these last 5 matches. Average 2.60 goals per match
Beat Klagenfurt 3-1 away in their last match
Latest results Liverpool
Also unbeaten in their last 5 games with 4 wins and a draw
12 goals scored in their last 5 matches. Average 2.40 goals per match
Beat Wolves 3-1 away in their weekend assignment
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Possible squad Lask & Liverpool
Line upLask LiverpoolGoalkeeperLawalBeckerDefenseZiereis, Andrade, LuckenederRobertson, Gomez, Matip, QuansahMidfieldFlecker, Renner, Horvath, JovicicSzoboszlai, Mac Allister, JonesForwardZulj, Mustapha, UsorSalah, Nunez, DiazInjuredNoneKonate, Thiago, Alexander-ArnoldCoachThomas SagederJurgen Klopp
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