2019–20 Austrian Bundesliga – LASK vs Hartberg Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is LASK vs Hartberg taking place? Wednesday 3rd June, 2020 – 17:30 (UK)

Where is LASK vs Hartberg taking place? Raiffeisen Arena, Pasching

Where can I get tickets for LASK vs Hartberg? Ticket information can be found on each club’s official website

What television channel is LASK vs Hartberg on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream LASK vs Hartberg? Bet365 members can stream Austrian Bundesliga matches so it is worth checking their schedule

THE TEAM NEWS

LASK

  • LASK restart their league campaign with plenty of controversy surrounding them after they were deducted 12 points (halved to six for the Championship Round) due to allegedly staging team training sessions during the coronavirus lockdown.
  • They will appeal this deduction but as it stands it is a massive blow to their title hopes following an excellent regular season campaign which would have seen them enter the Championship Round with a three-point lead at the top of the table over Salzburg. They now find themselves three points behind the Austrian powerhouses.
  • LASK faced Hartberg at home in their penultimate Bundesliga match before the enforced break and on that occasion they recorded and emphatic 5-1 victory with their top scorer Klauss bagging himself a hat-trick and he will be their dangerman once again here.

HARTBERG

  • Hartberg can certainly be proud of the fact they have reached the Championship Round on their second season in the top flight and they can play with some freedom now with the knowledge they have avoided relegation.
  • Their form towards the end of the regular season campaign will be of some concern though as they failed to win any of their last five league games and it was only due to other teams around them also stuttering that they managed to scrape into the top half.
  • Hartberg are statistically the weakest side in the Championship Round by some distance as they have scored the least goals and conceded the most so it is likely that they will struggle to pick up points in this phase unless considerable improvements are made.

THE PREDICTION

LASK’s points deduction for staging team training sessions during the lockdown has shook the league as they will now be chasing Salzburg rather than leading them. There is no doubt that this will effect their players’ morale, at least in the early part of the Championship Round, but they have been handed the kindest possible fixture to kick things off as Hartberg look to be the whipping boys of this stage of the competition. LASK dominated them in a 5-1 victory in early March and, although this meeting is unlikely to be as one-sided, the home side should still have two much class.

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