Rapid Vienna take on the visitors Ried in the first round of the Tipico Bundesliga. The match will be played at Allianz Stadion in Vienna on Saturday, July 23rd.
Rapid are the runners-up of the last season in Austria. The team recorded 65 points in 36 matches with 66-42 goal difference. The hosts of the match had quite intensive pre-season, taking part on seven friendlies (six wins and one defeat with 17-3 goal difference). On top of that, Rapid played round 64 match of Austrian Cup, beating Karabakh Vienna, 3-1. The team is unbeaten in last four home matches in the league with three wins and one draw recorded.
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Ried finished seventh in the league last season with 42 points gained in 36 matches with 36-52 goal difference. The visiting side played five club friendlies this pre-season, taking three wins and two draws. Just like Rapid, Ried played their round 64 match of domestic cup, beating Kufstein, 4-1. It was their first away win in last 10 matches on the road since December last year.
Rapid won nine out of last ten head-to-heads with Ried. However, the most recent clash of the teams ended with 1-0 win of Ried. The hosts have much bigger potential and should prevail in the match. Home support will give Rapid a better chance to revenge that defeat.
Prediction for the match: Rapid Vienna to win.