Villarreal vs Rapid Wien
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 25 October 2018
Kick-Off at 20:00 UK / 21:00 CET
Venue: Estadio de la Ceramica (Villarreal).
Villarreal will be looking to snatch their inaugural victory in this term of Europa League on Thursday when they play host to Austrian side Rapid Vienna in the third round of Group G. The Yellow Submarine was unusually easy to break down so far in the campaign, allowing as many as five goals in two draws to Rangers (2-2 at Estadio de la Ceramica) and Spartak Moscow (3-3 at Otkrytiye Arena).
Rapid hold the second position with a win and a defeat in two games so far. A potential draw here on the Spanish soil would be a massive result for Dietman Kuhbauer’s men, but it’s hard to expect one given their poor spell of form in the last couple of weeks.
Die Grun-Weisen are paying the price of a tough Thursday-Sunday rhythm. They suffered a tough 3-0 defeat away at Hartberg as Austrian Bundesliga returned to action after the international break. Rapid sit at a disappointing 9th place in the domestic league with 12 points from 11 outings so far.
Villarreal vs Rapid Wien: Head-to-head
The two teams were drawn together into the same Europa League group three years ago.
They both clinched narrow home wins (1-0 in Vienna and 2-1 in Villarreal).
This will be the third head to head encounter between the two sides.
Villarreal vs Rapid Wien: Prediction
It’s been a roller-coaster ride for Villarreal so far in the season. They did enjoy certain booms such as a 0-3 victory over Athletic Bilbao in the Basque Country, but Javi Calleja’s men clearly lack consistency at the moment.
They managed to save a point on Saturday when they held the likes of Atletico Madrid to a 1-1 draw at Estadio de la Ceramica. It was an encouraging result after the team allowed three goals to both Spartak Moscow and Espanyol before the international break.
The quality is on Villarreal’s side. They are in a must-win situation in order to advance and we can’t imagine any other scenario but a confident home victory here.
Villarreal vs Rapid Wien: Bet Tips
Villarreal to win @ 1.44 (4/9)
HT/FT Villarreal/Villarreal @ 2.05 (21/20).