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Rapid Vienna and Famagusta anorthesis will play their first leg at the Allianz Stadium in Austria on Thursday evening Europe League third qualifying round tie.
The winner of this duel, the second leg of which will take place in Cyprus the following week, will face Zorya Luhansk in the final qualifying round.
Prediction for this match
Rapid would have set their sights on qualifying for the Champions League, but their hopes for it were dashed by Sparta Prague in the second qualifying round.
The green-whites went 2-1 into the second leg Christoph Knasmüller‘s double, but they lost 2-0 in the Czech capital and crashed 3-2 overall.
Dietmar KuhbauerThe men have a week to process this disappointment before visiting Famagusta, who is entering the competition at that time after winning the Cypriot Cup.
The blue and whites finished second in the Cypriot top flight last season and are still a few weeks away from the start of their 2021-22 national season.
Famagusta have won all three friendlies they played in prep, although a lack of competitive football on Thursday night could well work against them.
Rapid has not only contested a few European duels in the last few weeks, but also played a number of games in the Austrian Bundesliga.
However, the results have so far not gone according to plan, after losing 2-0 to Hartberg on the opening weekend before it ended 1-1 last time at LASK.
The pressure is now on Kuhbauer to do everything right, but only one of these teams can advance to UEFA’s second club competition.
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Knasmüller could be tempted to make some changes to his starting XI after the 1-1 draw against LASK at the weekend.
Mamoudou Karamoko was used during that game and is a contender to play from the first whistle on Thursday, possibly at the expense of Husein Balic.
As for the visitors, Temur Ketsbai has had a few games to work out his preferred formation and line-up for this competition.
Last week’s 4-1 win over PAEEK could be a good indication of what to expect from Famagusta.
After Ketsbaia lost some key men over the summer, concerns are that it may take his side some time to get going.
Rapid Wien possible starting line-up:
Strebinger; Stojkovic, Greiml, Wimmer; Schick, Schuster, Petrovic, Ullmann; Knasmüller, Fountas; Kara
Anorthosis Famagusta possible starting line-up:
Tsur; Hambardzumyan, Correa, Arajuuri, Correia; Husbauer, Artymatas, Christodoulopoulos; Deletic, Roushias, Christofi
Probability: Rapid Vienna 1-1 Anorthosis Famagusta
Rapid Wien have an advantage as they have already played a handful of competitive games this season, even though the results weren’t exactly great.
Indeed, the hosts go into this game without a win in three games – including the Champions League qualifying loss – and we can see Famagusta return to Cyprus with them.
Best betting tip for this match
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