CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON - Friday, September 16, 2011
The second Linz derby of the season gets underway Friday night in the Stadion der Stadt Linz as the Black-and-Whites play host to the Blue-and-Whites with a chance to regain the top spot in the Erste Liga.
LASK coach Walter Schachner will look again to Florida-native Shawn Barry to bolster the back line in his third start and eighth appearance.
Unfortunately for Schachner and his eleven, captain Rene Aufhauser will have to sit out after yellow-card accumulation after last Friday's 2-2 draw at St. Pölten, in addition to Ulrich Winkler, who picked up two yellows in the same game.
To make things worse, starters Christoph Kobleder and Ali Hamdemir, and backups Florian Metz and Gernot Trauner will not be available for the encounter due to various injuries.
On the bright side, Brazilian Luiz Henrique can expect another start after proving to be dangerous down the left side and drawing a penalty in his impressive debut as a starter last Friday.
The cross-town rivals in blue and white are on a high after upending Austria Lustenau last Friday. Coach Thomas Weissenbock's squad struck early thanks to Phillip Huspek and, following a Lustenau equalizer, retook the lead courtesy of Dominic Hassler, who netted his team-leading third of the season.
In the previous derby so far, Hassler opened the scoring for the hosts, and Harald Unverdorben salvaged the tie for LASK in the same stadium.