Thursday’s Europa League action features Dundalk vs Rapid Vienna.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Dundalk v Rapid Vienna can be seen below (including the best match odds).
Dundalk will be hoping for a repeat of their last result, following the 1-4 FAI Cup victory versus Bohemian FC.
Matches with Dundalk have often been absorbing affairs recently with high scoring anticipated. Over their past half dozen clashes alone, a total of 20 goals have flown in for both sides combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 8 of those belonging to The Lilywhites.
Since being beaten in their last game against SV Ried in Bundesliga competition, Rapid Vienna will be aiming to make amends here.
For Rapid Vienna, the goalscorers were Christoph Knasmüllner (14', 51') and Srđan Grahovac (25' Own goal). Bernd Gschweidl (40'), Constantin Reiner (65' Own goal, 71') and Marco Grüll (87') scored for SV Ried.
The numbers tell their own story, and Rapid Vienna have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, with opponents netting 13 goals overall. In defence, Die Grün-Weißen have some weaknesses to address. That pattern isn’t assured to be carried forward into this next game, though.
Head to head
The previous league contest between these clubs was Europa League match day 3 on 05/11/2020 when it finished Rapid Vienna 4-3 Dundalk.
That day, Rapid Vienna had 62% possession and 23 shots on goal with 11 on target. Goals were scored by Dejan Ljubičić (22'), Kelvin Arase (79'), Maximilian Hofmann (87') and Yusuf Demir (90').
Dundalk had 11 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Patrick Hoban (7') and David McMillan (81', 96') scored.
The match was refereed by Trustin Farrugia Cann.
Team News: Dundalk
Dundalk boss Filippo Giovagnoli will be thankful to have no fitness worries to speak of before this game thanks to a fully healthy group available to choose from.
Team News: Rapid Vienna
Rapid boss Dietmar Kühbauer has some current player fitness concerns. Christopher Dibon (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Dalibor Velimirovic (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Dejan Ljubicic (Torn Ankle Ligament), Philipp Schobesberger (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Dejan Petrovic (Mononucleosis) and Tamás Szántó (Cartilage Damage) are those who can’t be considered. Tamás Szántó will not be able to play in this game through being suspended.
We’re of the view that Dundalk should get enough chances to breach the defence of this Rapid Vienna team, however a single goal possibly won’t prevent defeat.
We therefore reckon that it will be a tight encounter finishing with a 1-2 winning margin for Rapid Vienna after 90 minutes. Looking forward to seeing how this one unfolds.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Oriel Park (4,500)
Captain: Brian Gartland
Chairman: Bill Hulsizer
Manager: Filippo Giovagnoli
Competitions: Premier Division position 3, FAI Cup (Quarter Finals), Europa League (Group B), Europa League Qualifiers (Play-Offs)
⭐ Key Man: Michael Duffy
Customarily played in the Striker position, Michael Duffy was born in Derry, N. Ireland. After making a first senior appearance for Derry City in the 2012 season, the goalscoring Forward has struck 4 league goals in the Premier Division 2020 campaign to date in 16 appearances.