Rapid Vienna vs Villarreal / Europa League – Everything is still completely open in this group of Europa League and, before this fourth round, all teams have a chance to win placement in the knockout stage. Villarreal is currently the best with five points won, which means that they have recorded one win and two draws so far. Rapid has two points less with only one victory so far. Both teams have failed in their domestic championships, and Rapid is in a very modest seventh place in the Austrian Bundesliga, while Villarreal is even worse in La Liga and they are very close to relegation zone. In their first mutual duel, Villarreal has mastered Rapid with 5-0.
Rapid Vienna vs Villarreal begins 08.11.2018 at 18:55 CET
This is a very disappointing season for Rapid, which should, according to all estimates, be the main competitor to Salzburg in their fight for the title in Austria. Instead Rapid has almost 20 points less and they are only seventh on the table, so it is clear that they will not have the chance to fight for the title. They can still hope that they will win performance in European competitions next season, but they need to significantly improve their game. For the time being, they are losing too many games and after a series of three defeats they have replaced their coach Djuricin, but the arrival of Dietmar Kuhbaher did not improve things much.
They made two triumphs in the championship under his leadership, both on their home field. They lost to Hartberg with as much as 3-0 and recorded only a draw with Altach in the last round. They started Europa League with a victory over Spartak, and then they lost twice, of which once very convincingly against Villarreal. Hofmann, Schobesberger and Szant will not be able to perform due to injuries.
Probable lineups Rapid Vienna: Strebinger – Potzmann, Sonnleitner, Muldur, Bolingoli – Ljubicic, Schwab – Murg, Knasmullner, Ve.Berisha – Alar
Villarreal is having a very hard time this season and they are therefore closer to fighting for survival. They only have one point more than that zone after a series of five rounds without a win. They only made two triumphs in LaLiga and both as guests, while they at home have three draws and three defeats. They only scored three goals in front of their supporters and a total of nine in 11 games played. On the other hand, they have scored ten goals in only three games in Europa League, and they were particularly convincing against Rapid when they celebrated with 5-0.
Europa League is saving their season for the time being and they are still undefeated, while they could practically provide a knockout stage with a victory in Vienna. They are mostly losing matches this season in the second half and often in the very finish of the match, but they saved themselves from defeat against Levante in the previous round, when their reservist Pedraza scored a goal in the injury time. Coach Callea is constantly changing the team, and now he will not be able to count on the suspended J.Costa, while Fuego, Soriano and Bacca are injured.
Probable lineups Villarreal: A.Fernandez – Miguelon, V.Ruiz, Bonera, Layun – Caseres, Trigueros – Raba, Cazorla, Pedraza – Toko Ekambi
Rapid Vienna vs Villarreal PICK
Rapid does not have much room for calculations, because another defeat practically eliminates them from the game and we believe that they can score a goal on their field. Villarreal seems to be playing better as guest in Europa League, so they should be able to respond to the host.
Pick: both teams will score
Odds: 1.77 at bethard (down to 1.67 can be played)
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