Rapid Vienna take on the visitors Spartak Moscow at the Allianz Stadion in the Round 1 of the UEFA Europa League Group G. The match will be played in Vienna on Thursday, September 20th.
Rapid Vienna went through two Europa League qualification rounds before getting to the group stage of the tournament. In the third qualification round Die Grun-Weisen beat Slovan Bratislava from Slovakia (1-2, 4-0). In the qualification play-offs the team of Goran Djuricin went through Steaua Bucharest from Romania (3-1, 1-2). In their last three matches Rapid Vienna lost to Austria Vienna with a 0-1 score, drew against Sturm Graz with a 1-1 score and lost to Steaua Bucbarest with a 1-2 score.
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Spartak Moscow had set the goal for them to get to the group stage of the UEFA Champions League but in the end they got to the group stage of the Europa League. In the third qualification round of the most prestigious European competition the People`s Team lost to PAOK from Greece (2-3, 0-0). It`s worth noting that the crucial loss happened on the away side for the team of Massimo Carrera. The Red-Whites were winning with a 2-0 score in the course of their first leg match against PAOK but conceded three goals in the end. After that defeat though they started to show better performances on the away side. In their last three matches Spartak Moscow lost to Akhmat Grozny with a 1-2 score, drew against Zenit Petersburg with a 0-0 score and beat Dynamo Moscow with a 2-1 score.
Rapid Vienna and Spartak Moscow have faced only once in history exactly at the Allianz Stadion in 2011. Back then Die Grun-Weisen have beaten the People`s Team with a 1-0 score. Considering the team of Goran Djuricin has been in a good shape and has been showing good performances in front of their home crowd lately they should not lose in the upcoming fixture.
Prediction for the match: Rapid Vienna to win with 0 handicap.