Rangers vs Rapid Wien: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Rangers host Rapid Wien after a promising start to their Europa League group stage campaign but a weekend defeat to Livingston.
Steven Gerrard faces an important European night at Ibrox after his Rangers side suffered a shock loss to Livingston at the weekend.
Austrian side Rapid Wien may spy an opportunity to maintain their 100% start to life in the Europa League this season as they look to cause the Scottish heavyweights more problems.
Both Rangers and Rapid Wien impressed in their opening group G clashes. Rangers secured a 2-2 draw at group favourites Villarreal whilst Rapid Wien looked comfortable in their 2-0 home win over Spartak Moscow.
This could be the tie which makes up Steven Gerrard’s mind whether to make the Europa League a priority or switch the sole focus to the Scottish Premiership.
Defeat for Gerrard’s men means the Europa League will most likely be sacrificed but that is not to say they will not go all out for the win.
Neither side comes into the game with form either and a 1-1 stalemate will only add to Rangers’ problems.
- Under 2.5 goals
Goals are something which has gone a little awry for Rapid Wien since their opening Europa League matches. Wien has just managed two goals in their three following games but it has been a different story for Rangers.
Nine goals were scored by Gerrard’s men in the two games after that Villarreal draw but the club were bought back down with a bang at the weekend.
Wien are tougher opposition than Rangers face on a weekly basis making the game a different prospect entirely.
9/4 looks the best price for match value in this game. Rangers drew their opening group game against Villarreal, but much depends on line-ups.
A draw for the pair will keep both on track for progression and it is more important for Rangers to avoid defeat after the weekends disappointing result.
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Head to Head
Rangers and Rapid Wien both met during the 1964/65 European Cup.
The Glasgow side won both group games then with the Gers winning 1-0 at Ibrox and then impressing even further in a 2-0 win in Vienna.
However, both sides have been regular competitors on the European circuit and come with plenty of pedigree into this tournament.
- Rangers are the only one of the two sides who have won a European trophy having won the 1972 European Cup Winners Cup.
- Rapid Wien finished third in the Austrian Bundesliga last season to qualify for the Europa League.
- Rangers did the double over Wien when the pair met in the group stage of the 1964/65 European Cup.
- Rangers manager Steven Gerrard won the UEFA Cup/Europa League as player with Liverpool in 2001.
- Between Rangers and Rapid Wien, the sides have secured a total of 86 domestic league titles.