Austria Vienna vs Roma
UEFA Europa League – Group E
Date: Thursday, 3rd November 2016,
Kick-Off at 18:00 UK
Venue: Ernst Happel Stadion, Vienna.
The Serie A giants AS Roma were held to a 3-3 draw as Austria Vienna fought back from 2 goals down at the Stadio Olimpico for the matchday 3. The result set both teams on 5 points with Roma edging ahead to top position in the league table on superior goal difference. This could be a potential group decider as the team that wins the battle at Ernst Happel Stadion on Thursday will emerge as firm favourites to win the group. While the loser could be in trouble as both Astra Giurgiu and Viktoria Plzen will get a chance to close in for the runner-up battle.
Roma were held to a 1-1 draw by Viktoria Plzen on the matchday day of this season’s Europa League, which is their only away match so far. The bounced back with a comfortable 4-0 win over Astra on matchday 2 before settling for a draw against Vienna. Roma are win-less in their last 7 away matches in UEFA competitions; 4 draws and 3 defeats.
While the Austrians started off with an entertaining 3-2 win away at Astra Giurgiu, then were held to consecutive draw including the 0-0 stalemate at home against Plzen. They are currently unbeaten in the last 6 UEFA fixtures.
Austria Vienna vs Roma: Head-to-Head Stats
The first leg clash at Stadio Olimpico on matchday 3 which ended in a 3-3 draw was the first ever competitive meeting between Roma and Austria Vienna. AS Roma legend Francesco Totti made his 100th appearance in a UEFA night on that occasion.
Austria Vienna have a poor record against clubs from Serie A as they managed just 1 win and 5 draws from the 11 meetings and lost 5. Their 5 meetings against Italian sides saw 1 win, 2 draws and 2 defeats.
Roma are unbeaten in their 3 meetings against Austrian clubs with 2 wins and a draw. Their only previous trip to Austria was to meet FC Wacker Innsbruck for the 1992/93 UEFA Cup fixture and they won 4-1 on that occasion.
Austria Vienna vs Roma: Prediction
This fixture can be easily tipped as the battle between two sides in fine form, but play their trade in two leagues with a huge gap in quality. However, AS Roma’s away form in UEFA competitions should be highlighted as they are win-less in the last 7. Also, their overall away record this season is not something that is encouraging. They managed just 2 wins from their 8 road matches in all competitions with 4 draws and 2 defeats.
While Austria Vienna are unbeaten in their last 6 Europa League fixtures with 4 wins and 2 draws. So they are the team with a slighter edge in this fixture and the home advantage will come in handy. But it is very clear that Roma are a side with some quality match winners. As a result this could be a cagey battle and we believe this is destined to end in a draw.
Predicted Correct Full-Time Score: 1-1 draw at 8/1 (9.00).
Austria Vienna vs Roma: Betting Tips
Double Chance: Austria/Draw at 2.30 (13/10)
Under 2.5 goals at 2.55 (17/11).