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Basel - Linz prediction

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They've finished on the second position for the second year in a row because the champion was again Young Boys Berna. They already played 3 matches in their championship and they are on second place right now with 6 points. They started the new season with a victory against FC Sion, score 4:1 then a loss against St. Gallen score 2:1, in the last round managing to win against FC Thun score 3:2.

In the second round they played against a very though opponent, PSV but successfully eliminated them after losing away with 3:2 and winning at home with 2:1. Raoul Petretta, Kuzmanovic, Albian Ajeti and Kemal Ademi are all injuried and will miss this match.

They finished on the second position last season but they managed to surpass teams like Austria Viena or Strum Graz. They are for the first time in the qualification stage of Champions League, same as they've been in the qualification stage of Europe League last year being eliminated by Besiktas in round 3.

They've started their season very good with two victories against Altach and Austria Viena. They managed to score 5 goals in those 3 matches and the interesting part is that they didn't conced any goals. Markus Wostry, Fabian Benko, In-pyo Oh, Dominik Reiter and Yusuf Otubanjo are all missing for Linz.

Basel managed to eliminate PSV in the last round and that was kind of a big surprise for many because PSV team is worth over 200 million euros while Basel is worth almost 60 million euros. This time they will play against an inferior opponent wich team is worth around 20M euros.

Basel is definitely the better team in this match-up and they are playing at home this time meaning they have to win in order to make sure they will not have big problems in the next leg.

Lask participated in the European Cups only one time since 2000 and their lack of experience here will surely cost them a lot against an opponent that participated almost every year at this kind of competitions.

My pick for this match is Basel to win

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