Rapid Wien vs Rangers: Predictions, Betting Tips & Odds
Thursday, December 13th, 2018, 19:55
Rangers head to Austria knowing only a victory will ensure progression whilst a draw will be enough for the hosts in the tightest of groups.
Just two points separates top from bottom in Group G meaning everything is still to play for between all four sides.
The only way Rapid Wien and Rangers can guarantee reaching the latter stages is by winning this contest in Rapid’s Allianz Stadion and the signs are looking good for Steven Gerrard’s Gers.
Rapid have not won a game at home in all competitions since the end of October, a run of three games including that 0-0 Europa League draw with Villarreal.
Rangers also come into the game full of confidence with the way they turned Rapid over 3-1 at Ibrox in that matchday two contest as well as winning 2-0 on their last visit to Austria to face Rapid in 1964.
The only cause for concern for Gers boss Steven Gerrard is their stuttering league form of late.
After reaching the top of the Scottish Premiership, a loss and draw has seen Rangers slip back down the table although when the going has gotten tough, the Rangers team often seem to raise their game this season.
Do not expect the football to be pretty but do expect plenty of passion as Rangers inflict Rapid’s second 1-0 home defeat in three games.
- Under 2.5 goals
The Vienna side have only scored more than one goal once in their last six games whilst Rangers stuttering form has led them to only having scored three goals in their last four games in all competitions.
- Rangers to lead at halftime
Three of Rangers last four goals has come in the first half whilst Rapid have failed to find the back of the net in the opening 45 minutes in their last four matches in all competitions making this one of the best bets when looking for value with the best betting sites for the Europa League.
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Head to Head
Despite Veton Berisha giving Rapid a 1-0 lead after 42 minutes at Ibrox, it would not be enough for head coach Dietmar Kühbauer to get his managerial career (at the club he was a playing legend for) off to a winning start.
That was because a minute later Alfredo Morelos equalised for the Ger’s before a second half penalty from James Tavernier and late second from Morelos ensured Rangers picked up the three-points.
The last time Rangers played Rapid on their home soil was in 1964 when Rangers headed back to Scotland with a 2-0 win under their belts.
- Rapid Wien head coach Dietmar Kühbauer’s first game in charge was the 3-1 defeat to Rangers in matchday two at the beginning of October.
- This is Ranger’s first ever time in the Europa League group stage.
- Group G is separated by just two points from top to bottom with both sides capable of topping the group or finishing bottom.
- Rapid are the only side in Group G to have won more than one game.
- Rapid only need a point in order to qualify whilst Rangers must win.