Rapid Wien vs Monaco
International Club Friendlies
Date: Sunday, 9th July 2017
Kick-off at 16:30 UK/ 17:30 CET
Venue: Slovanplatz Hutteldorf (Vienna).
French Champions AS Monaco started their pre-season campaign in Vienna and will play the local heavy weights Rapid Vienna on Sunday evening.
Rapid Wien are coming on the back of a disappointing season after finishing fifth in the table. They were runners up to Red Bull Salzburg in the previous three seasons and never finished outside the top three in the past five seasons. Their primary objective for the new campaign will be to break Salzburg’s dominance in the Austrian Football Bundesliga.
The Green and Whites have already played a couple of friendlies this season, therefore the players will be near to full-fitness. They started off with a 6-0 win over lower division side Traiskirchen, before earning a 1-1 draw against Celtic Glasgow and 2-1 win over the Cypriots Apollon Limassol.
Monaco started their pre-season campaign against Austrian Bundesliga outfit SKN St. Polten on Friday. It was an easy ride for the French Champions as they put three goals without reply to grab a comprehensive win. Rony Lopes, Sylla and the new arrival from FC Barcelona Jordi Mboula were on target for Jardim’s side.
But Leonardo Jardim will be without a number of key players for this fixture. Kylian Mbappe, Radamel Falcao and Thomas Lemar are yet to join the squad. While the new signing Youri Tielemans is available is expected to make an appearance in Vienna.
Rapid Wien vs Monaco: Head-to-head
Interestingly, this will be the first official meeting between the two teams in a football pitch.
Rapid Wien vs Monaco: Prediction
This is expect to a tough test for Monaco, as they are coming with a thin squad and most of the players are way short of playing fitness. Rapid on the other hand, had played a handful of games and look more fluid than their superior opponents. Since this is a friendly, both teams will play without pressure and therefore we are expected to see some goals on both ends.
Considering all the facts, Rapid Vienna stand a chance to earn a surprise result on Sunday evening.
Rapid Wien vs Monaco: Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score.
Over 2.5 goals.