Updated: Aug 19, 2021
Saints travel away to Austria on Thursday evening to play against Europa Conference League opponents LASK. Here is all you need to know ahead of the game:
Where is the Match Being Held?
LASK vs St. Johnstone will take place in Klagenfurt in the Worthersee Stadion which is over 3 hours away from their home stadium in Linz. This is because their new ground is yet to be built and is expected to be completed in 2022.
[St. Johnstone arrive at their destination]
The stadium can hold up to 30.00 spectators and is a modern footballing arena after being rebuilt in 2007. There will be no away fans in attendance.
How Can I Watch the Game?
The game will be available on Premier Sports which you can access by purchasing a membership on their website here. Coverage of the game kicks off at 17:00 and kicks off at 18:00 UK time.
[Premier Sports will be broadcasting the game]
There will be no video coverage on Saints TV.
Who Are LASK?
LASK are an Austrian team who regularly punch above their weight, they've won 1 top division title and a single national cup. Despite spending plenty of time in the lower leagues over the last few decades they have recently established themselves as a solid top flight outfit and they have been competing at the top end of the league for a few seasons now.
[LASK battle with Rapid Wienna]
They have a fairly young squad and play incredibly attacking football with a high line deployed. LASK finished 4th in last seasons Austrian Bundesliga and currently occupy 5th place after 4 games with only 1 win in their last 9 league outings.
'The black and whites' have made their name on the European stage in recent years. In 2019/20 they narrowly lost to Club Brugge in the Champions League qualifying rounds over two legs but they will be most well known in the UK perhaps for their ties with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur in the Europa League over the last 2 seasons.
[LASK battle with Manchester United]
They beat Serbian side Vojvodina 7-1 on aggregate in the previous round of the Europa Conference League to set up this tie with Saints.
LASK have a very solid team and with 7 national team players on their books, have a lot of quality in the side. They will prove a different type of test to Galatasaray but arguably an even greater one.
Callum Davidson remains without David Wotherspoon who is sadly still isolating whilst Craig Bryson is likely to miss out through injury. Eetu Vertainen is still unable to play as he misses another game due to Visa complications. However, Charlie Gilmour is back fit and should make the squad along with Glenn Middleton who is now registered to play.
LASK manager Dominik Thalhammer will be without 3 players for Thursday night's game as Andreas Gruber, Christoph Monschein and Tobias Lawal all have injuries which ill likely force them to sit out the tie.
The key thing about tomorrow night is keeping it tight. If Saints can give themselves a fighting chance at the very least for next week's home leg then that would be perfect and it would give Perth another reason to pack out McDiarmid Park.
[McDiarmid Park was packed against Galatasaray]
As long as there is only a goal or two in it anything can happen and a solid away result would set us up perfectly for the home leg. LASK are a good side and will be very hard to beat however, so Davidson's side will have to work their socks off if they want to have a chance of doing the unthinkable and making the Europa Conference League group stage!
My Prediction: 1-1