Rapid Wien vs Sturm Graz
Austria – Bundesliga Europa League Playoff
Date: Thursday, 30th May 2019
Kick-off at 16.00 UK/ 17.00 CET
Venue: Allianz Stadion.
After taking on Mattersburg, Vienna has gained the chance to take a shot at Sturm Graz for a place in Europe. Both come from different tiers as per the classification in regular season standings. While Sturm was placed in the Championship Group, Rapid had to make do with the Relegation Group.
But it has to be said that Sturm did disappoint their fans with their postseason performances. They had finished third in the table at the end of the regular season, but went two places downward after the culmination of the Championship Round, and missed out on a direct-spot in Europe.
Meanwhile, Rapid not only did manage to overcome a deficit of two points in the post-season but posted a four-point lead at the end as well.
Rapid Wien vs Sturm Graz Head-to-head (h2h)
- Both their league fixtures ended in draws last season.
- The league game at this venue in the last campaign ended in a goalless draw.
- The return leg, at Sturm’s home, saw a 1-1 final scoreline.
Rapid Wien vs Sturm Graz Prediction
The home advantage will heavily come into play in this tie. Of the two teams, Rapid had a far better postseason, as they overcame a deficit of two points and ended at the top of the relegation table with a four-point lead. Whereas, Strum messed up and gave up their third position, and thus a direct entry into Europa.
Also, Rapid is high on confidence after their home win in the one-off tie against Mattersburg, which was essentially a high-pressure match-up. On top of that, Sturm lost four of their last five ties, and seven of their last ten as well. Moreover, Rapid was unbeaten in eight of their last ten home ties.
As such, expect the hosts to avoid a loss at any cost. But do not anticipate a rolling over by the guests. They finished third in the regular season, and it’d be a travesty if they missed out on Europe. They will count on the home advantage for the second leg, and a goal at this venue would massively help their cause.
Goals by both teams are logical to be backed.
Rapid Wien vs Sturm Graz Betting Tips
Both Teams to Score @ 1.71
Rapid Wien Draw No Bet @ 1.50.