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Luzern vs Hibernian match preview
Following last Thursday’s thrilling first leg at Easter Road, Hibs bring with them an advantage, but will it prove to be enough?
A week ago, Joe Newell broke the deadlock just 45 seconds after half time, his shot from the edge of the area arrowing into the top corner, only for Ismajl Beka’s header from a corner to get Luzern back on level terms.
But then, new striker Dylan Vente opened his Hibs account with a back-post header before, in the final minute of the 90, Jordan Obita picked up a loose ball and cooly slotted into the bottom corner.
How crucial could that clincher prove to be as these two reconvene in Switzerland?
Hibernian have won just eight of their last 24, European ties, dating back to 1974, including coming from behind against Inter Club d’Escaldes in the previous round, losing 2-1 in Andorra before a 6-1 victory in Edinburgh.
In fact, only once in the last 51 years have the Hibees won multiple European ties within the same season, this coming in 2018.
Lee Johnson’s side are yet to get off the mark in this season’s Scottish Premiership, most-recently beaten 2-1 by Motherwell on Sunday, with their only shot on target Adam Le Fondre’s 94th minute penalty at Fir Park.
That’ll all be forgotten and forgiven if Hibs get through this one, setting up a glamour play-off round match-up.
FC Luzern meantime have won just two of their last 12 European ties, although they did spring a big surprise in the second qualifying round, knocking out Djurgårdens IF 3-2 on aggregate.
Die Leuchten held Swiss champions BSC Young Boys to a 1-1 draw at the weekend, Jakub Kadák converting a penalty, meaning Luzern have five points after four league matches.
Here, can Mario Frick’s side overturn that first leg deficit, or will it be a famous night for the traveling Hibees at Swissporarena?
The winners of this tie will take on Aston Villa in the UEFA Europa Conference League play-offs.
Luzern team news
Jakub Kadák’s goal at the weekend could earn him a start here, chosen over Kevin Spadanuda.
Mario Frick made five changes at the weekend, with captain Max Meyer and star striker Kemal Ademi amongst those who will return for this one.
Predicted XI (4-3-3): Loretz; Dorn, Burch, Beka, Frýdek; Jashari, Meyer, Beloko, Kadák, Okou; Ademi.
Hibernian team news
Hibs are without new goalkeeper Jojo Wollacott, who picked up an injury in the home win over Inter Club d’Escaldes a fortnight ago.
So David Marshall, who also sustained an injury in the warm-up ahead of that match, will continue to don the gloves.
Lee Johnson picked a very attacking line-up for last Thursday’s first leg, but one of the defensive-minded midfielders, Jake Doyle-Hayes or Josh Campbell, is likely to return for this one.
Martin Boyle will remain Hibs’ main goal threat through, with Élie Youan on the other flank.
Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Marshall; Miller, Fish, Hanlon, Stevenson; Newell, Doyle-Hayes, Levitt, Boyle, Youan; Vente.