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Neftçi face a fresh challenge on Thursday as they head into their upcoming Conference League Qualifiers showdown versus Rapid Vienna.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Rapid Vienna v Neftçi are shown below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Rapid Vienna enter this match coming off the back of a 1-1 Bundesliga stalemate against SC Austria Lustenau.
In that game, Rapid Vienna had 47% possession and 14 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. The only player to score for Rapid Vienna was Guido Burgstaller (21'). Austria Lustenau got 10 attempts at goal with 1 on target. Stefano Surdanovic (70') scored for SC Austria Lustenau.
Their most recent results show that huge efforts have been put in by the Rapid Vienna rearguard. Rapid Vienna have been miserly, seeing the number of goals that have flown into the back of their net during their last six matches standing at 3. We will have to see if that trend will end up being continued on into this next match.
Neftçi head into the meeting following a 0-1 Premyer Liqasi win versus Keşlə in their previous fixture.
The only player to score from Neftçi was Emin Mahmudov (81').
Looking at their form, and Neftçi have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 9 goals in total. In defence, Neftçi can certainly do much better.
Team News: Rapid Vienna
Yusuf Demir (Adductor problems), Lion Schuster (Edema in the knee), Dejan Petrovic (Cruciate Ligament Rupture), Martin Moormann (Knock) and Ferdy Druijf (Bone Bruise) won’t be playing for Rapid Vienna boss Ferdinand Feldhofer. Aleksa Pejic cannot play in this game through suspension.
We think that Die Grün-Weißen look set to employ a 4-3-2-1 system for this one and select Niklas Hedl, Thorsten Schick, Maximilian Hofmann, Kevin Wimmer, Martin Koscelnik, Ante Bajic, Patrick Greil, Nikolas Sattlberger, Marco Gruell, Nicolas-Gerrit Kuehn and Guido Burgstaller.
Team News: Neftçi
With a fully injury-free group available for selection, the Neftçi manager Samir Abbasov has zero fitness concerns to report before this match.
From our viewpoint, Neftçilər seem likely to elect for a 4-3-3 system, choosing Ivan Brkic, Mamadou Mbodj, Solomon Kverkveliya, Vojislav Stankovic, Azar Salahly, Ataa Jaber, Emin Makhmudov, Eddy Israfilov, Kenneth Saief, Godsway Donyoh and Yusuf Lawal.
We feel that in this game, Rapid Vienna have it within them to be able to create a decent number of chances and shots on target.
Conversely, Neftçi will not find it easy getting goals although we do think it’s probable that they will be managing to get on the scoresheet here.
Therefore, we are anticipating a comfortable 3-1 margin for Rapid Vienna at the end of the 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Allianz Stadion (28,600)
Chairman: Martin Bruckner
Manager: Ferdinand Feldhofer
Competitions: Bundesliga position 3, ÖFB Cup (Second round)
⭐ Key Player: Guido Burgstaller
Mostly taking to the field in the Striker position, Guido Burgstaller was born in Villach, Austria. After having played his first senior match for Karnten in the 2006 - 2007 season, the talented Forward has scored a sum of 2 league goals in the Bundesliga 2022 - 2023 campaign so far in a total of 3 appearances.