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Top match in Graz: LASK challenges SK Sturm

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After the 1-0 home victory over Austria Klagenfurt on Easter weekend, LASK continues their journey in the Meistergruppe of the ADMIRAL Bundesliga in Styria. For the third time this season, the athletes will clash with SK Sturm Graz on Sunday (2:30 PM, live on Sky Sport Austria).

The crucial victory against Klagenfurt is now expected to release energy for the upcoming challenges. Accordingly, the Linz team sets off for the journey to the Styrian capital in good spirits and with heightened confidence. They aim to remain undefeated in the third match of the Bundesliga Meistergruppe and ideally, like against SK Rapid and Klagenfurt, keep a clean sheet. So far, Tobias Lawal and his teammates have kept clean sheets four times in the past six rounds and twelve times throughout the season.

The second-placed Graz team currently sits one spot and five points ahead of the athletes. However, the Linz team handed SK Sturm one of their three defeats of the season back in November. Following that defeat, the Styrians remained unbeaten for ten rounds until their recent 0-1 loss against Salzburg. In their recent five away appearances, LASK has consistently gained points, conceding only one goal during this period.

Bundesliga record almost evenly balanced

The overall record against SK Sturm in the top division shows a nearly balanced ratio with 54 victories for LASK, 32 draws, and 56 wins for the Styrian team. While the hosts have had the upper hand in the past two league encounters in Graz, the athletes have managed to win six out of the last ten away matches, with one ending in a draw.

On the LASK side, Moses Usor could make his 50th appearance in the black and white jersey. On the other hand, Jon Gorenc Stankovic will be absent due to his red card in the Bundesliga match against Salzburg.

SK Sturm Graz - LASK
Sunday, April 7, 2024, 2:30 PM
Merkur Arena, Referee: Harald Lechner

Missing: Renner, Ljubic, Mustapha

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The team displayed a really strong mentality in the victory against Klagenfurt. Now, we aim to further improve our performance to come away with something from Graz as well. We anticipate a different game there compared to last week, as we always have to prepare ourselves for many duels, intense battles, numerous second balls, and transition situations against Sturm. Whoever can capitalize on these aspects better stands a good chance of steering the game in their favor.

Thomas Sageder, Head coach