Rapid Vienna vs. Vaduz Prediction, Tips & Odds – Aug. 25, 2022 21:00 CET
Vaduz have done some incredible things in Europe this season, but they will find it difficult to keep up that pace in the Austrian capital against Rapid Vienna.
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Rapid Vienna played very well in Europe last season. They finished in third place in the Europa League group stage, where West Ham, Dinamo Zagreb and Genk were also present. In the Conference League knockout phase, they were eliminated by Vitesse 3:2 on aggregate. They are now one win away from another good continental result.
In the previous two Conference League qualifying rounds, Rapid beat Lechia Gdansk and Neftchi, which wasn’t an easy task at all. Vaduz is on paper the easiest of all three opponents, but club from Lichtenstein has been playing exceptionally well in the last 45 days. In order to prevent sensation, Rapid will have to take this opponent extremely seriously on Thursday night.
Since 2010, Rapid has participated nine times in group stage of the European competition. They rarely disappoint in Europe and their fans will be hoping that doesn’t change against Vaduz. A possible defeat and elimination would be a shock for club supporters.
Of the 55 European football associations, only Liechtenstein doesn’t have its own league. Clubs from this country compete in Switzerland, but they have their own cup competition. Cup champion gets opportunity to play European qualifying and that champion is usually Vaduz.
For years, Vaduz has been a member of the Challenge League (second tier in Switzerland). They also played in the Swiss Super League for a couple of seasons, but were quickly relegated. However, thanks to being the best club from Liechtenstein, they have been playing European qualifying for years. Vaduz never reached the group stage, so this is the best chance yet for them. They have been eliminated in third qualifying round many times and this is the first time they reached playoffs. Two weeks ago, Vaduz shocked Konyaspor and before that they defeated Koper.
Vaduz have impressed so far, but Rapid Vienna will take them incomparably more seriously than Konyaspor did. Last week it was 1:1 in Liechtenstein, which means that Vaduz needs a win to advance to the Conference League group stage.
These two teams played the only game against each other last week in the Conference League playoffs when it was 1:1 in Liechtenstein.
Dejan Petrovic and Lion Schuster won’t play for Rapid Vienna due to injury, while Dragoljub Savic is questionable. Fuad Rahimi and Sandro Wieser are unavailable for visitors from Liechtenstein.
Rapid Vienna vs. Vaduz Prediction
There is obvious value in this bet. Rapid is a much better team than Vaduz with more talented players. Currently, Vaduz is in ninth place in the Challenge League with only two points from five games played. They have excelled in Europe so far, but this is not a realistic balance of power. It’s time for Rapid to show it and easily achieve win in this match.
Date and Time: 25.08.2022 21:00 CET
Pick: Rapid Vienna -1 (AH)