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Only 180 minutes of playing time separated from a place in this year’s Europa League, Zorya Luhansk and Rapid Vienna compete against each other in the first leg of the Europa League playoffs on Thursday at the Allianz Stadium.
In the second leg next week, both sides will try to give way to the other and take the box seat.
Prediction for this match
Rapid Vienna had to admit defeat in the Cashpoint Arena 2-1 against SC Rheindorf Altach in four games in the second division on Sunday.
Dietmar Kuhbauer‘s men took the lead just under an hour ago Marco Grullbefore cashing twice in the last 10 minutes Daniel Nussbaumer and Atdhe Nuhiu.
The green-whites are currently in second place in the log, but there is plenty of time to get back on the road.
In the meantime, after losing to Sparta Prague in the second round of the Champions League qualification, the Austrians have to tackle another continental outing.
While that defeat could have prolonged a 15-year absence from Europe’s first club competition, the hosts will want to play for the third time in four seasons in the Europa League on Thursday.
Zorya Luhansk continued his inconsistent start in the Ukrainian Premier League after a 1-1 draw with FC Minaj on Saturday.
Allahyar Sayyadmanesh‘s hit in the 65th minute helped Viktor Skrypnyk‘s men avoid a second consecutive defeat after Oleg Gorin she had done less than 10 minutes in the second third.
Unsurprisingly, as things stand, Muzhyky is 9th, eight points behind early leader Desna Chernihiv.
Thursday’s visitors desperately need a turning point and a win here could fuel their campaign on all fronts.
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Marco Grull came off the bench to score a third direct goal contribution in four games, which was a headache for his coach.
Compatriot Ercan Kara runs the risk of falling on the bench after his unproductive performance last time, eventually leading to a substitution at halftime.
Vladyslav Kochergin scored a triple away for the visitors last game away and will try to make a similar effect away again.
Raymond Owusu has made the most of the chances he has this season and scored two goals in his last 12 minutes of play. with which he could be rewarded with a first start to the season.
Rapid Wien possible starting line-up:
Strebinger; Wimmer, Hofmann, Greiml; Auer, Grahovac, Schick, Schuster; Knasmüller, Fountas, Grull
Zorya Luhansk possible starting line-up:
Shevchenko; Favorov, Vernydub, Imerekov, Junior; Kochergin, Nazaryna, Buletsa, Gromov; Gladkiy, Owusu
Probability: Rapid Vienna 2-0 Zorya Luhansk
As with every two-legged player, the home team has a duty to win in front of their fans. While we expect a good fight from the guests, we also advise the hosts that they will emerge victorious after the final whistle.
Best betting tip for this match
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