Austria has come even closer to eleventh place in UEFA's five-year ranking. Because of LASK's victory and the draw of the WAC at the end of the Europa League group game on Thursday, the twelfth ranked domestic league is only 0.675 points less than the eleventh Turkey. Even the tenth Ukraine is only 1,375 points away.
Should Red Bull Salzburg and LASK take two wins more than the last remaining Turkish representative Istanbul Basaksehir in the knockout phase of the Europa League, Austria would advance to the eleventh. In this case, the Austrian champions would be in the Champions League group play in the fall of 2021, provided the winner of the previous edition of the "premier class" qualified for the Champions League through the national championship. This has almost always been the case in recent years.
LASK and Red Bull Salzburg as draft horses in the Europa League
If Austria closes the current European Cup season in tenth place, the champion of the next but one Champions League season would definitely have his place in the group stage. To do that, Salzburg and LASK had to make three wins and one more draw in the Europa League than the last Ukrainian representative in the European Cup Shakhtar Donetsk.
Austria hardly poses any danger from behind. The 13th Denmark is 4,625 behind and only FC Copenhagen is competing. The capital club – including bonus points for a wide attempt into the Europa League – should probably reach the semi-finals, so Austria is overtaken by Denmark.
The last European Cup season ended the Austrian league in twelfth place in the five-year ranking. Therefore, the upcoming champion of the summer in the Champions League qualifier.
Austria in UEFA's five-year ranking (as of 12.12.2019)