Rapid Vienna vs Spartak Moscow
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 20 September 2018
Kick-Off at 17:55 UK / 18:55 CET
Venue: Allianz Stadion (Vienna).
Rapid Vienna host Spartak Moscow in a very important first round match in Group G given these two likes are also to battle Rangers and Villarreal for the place in the knockout stages. Neither of the two managers can be particularly thrilled with the kick off to the new season.
Rapid dropped down to seventh place in the Bundesliga ladder after clinching only a single point from last two league outings, They lost two and drew one of last three in all competitions failing to find the back of the net more than once in past two matches along.
The visitors suffered a disappointing 1-2 loss at home to Akhmat Grozny at the weekend. They are now five points short of Zenit at the top of the Premier League ladder. Can Massimo Carrera inspire his side to rise in the European competition?
Rapid Vienna vs Spartak Moscow: Head-to-head
This will be the first official head to head encounter between the two teams.
They met each other just once in the past.
It was clash of a friendly character, played back in January 2011 when Rapid took a narrow 1-0 victory.
Rapid Vienna vs Spartak Moscow: Prediction
Die Grun-Weisen skipped Europa League last season, but an improved domestic campaign has earned them a place in the competition this time around. They went past Slovan and FCSB thanks to super-inspiring home showings which saw them bag seven goals in two games.
Rapid generally have a respectable home record in this competition. They go into this unbeaten in nine consecutive home matches in the group stage.
Spartak had an underwhelming Champions League campaign last year when they lost the final group phase game 7-0 to Liverpool at Anfield. Their defensive line might have only allowed three goals in the Premier League, but Narodnaya Komanda usually failed to keep things quiet at the back in continental competitions.
Given Rapid’s impressive home record in Europa League and the fact they bagged as many as seven goals past Slovan Bratislava and FCSB, we’ll fancy the hosts to pick up a result here.
Rapid Vienna vs Spartak Moscow: Bet Tips
• Rapid Vienna or Draw 1.44 (4/9)
• Rapid Vienna Over 1.5 Team Goals 2.40 (7/5).