Rapid - Villarreal
Rapid Vienna welcomes Villarreal in round 4 of the Europa League, group G. Rapid is third with 3 points and 1-0-2 so far. Villarreal is second with 5 points and 1-2-0 till now. Neither team is doing great in the league this season but have performed with some success in this competition. This may be a welcomed distraction from the problems they have so far.
Rapid is just 7`th in the league while they should have been fighting for the title. Villarreal is only 16`th in the league and they haven`t been this low in ages.
Villareal has big problems scoring in the league but no such problems in this competition. With 10 scored and 5 conceded they have the biggest goal average but they are far from being convincing. Against probably the weakest team in the group – Spartak they played a scintillating 3:3 draw. There were huge chances for both teams in that match and it was Villareal that was lucky scoring from a penalty in the 96`th minute. Against Rapid at home Villareal opened brilliantly and never looked back taking a 5:0 win. Rapid was definitely out of their dept but at home, they can make something.
Rapid has big problems in the league even if they changed the coach. Goals are hard to score but Rapid brings a bit more enthusiasm for this competition. They played well in the play-off already scoring 4 past Slovan and 3 against FCSB. They only have one win in the group and that was against Spartak 2:0. More problems happen on the road where Rapid conceded 8 times. If they are to get involved for the top two places they have to go for a win today. And if Villarreal underestimated them and rests a few players this may just happen. Rapid is goal friendly in this competition and played over 2.5 in 12 of their last 16 home Europa League matches.
The home side will miss Hofmann, Schobesberger, and Szant while Villarreal is without J.Costa, Fuego, Soriano, and Bacca.
I see this over 2, 3 goals.
*Odds are correct at the time of publishing and subject of change.
Match start: 08.11. 19:00h