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With a 3-0 lead from the first leg of Europe League Playoff tie, Rapid Vienna travel to Zorya Luhansk for the second leg on Thursday.
The Austrian team wants to quit the job in Ukraine and reach the group stage of this competition for the second season in a row.
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Rapid Wien have positioned themselves very strongly for the group stage of the Europa League, as they go into the second leg with a three-goal cushion.
A goal in the 29th minute of Taxiarchis fountas solved the impasse for the Austrian team before the second half of Ercan Kara and Marco Grull sealed an impressive win against Zorya Luhansk.
Given that Vienna failed to win four of the last six games, Dietmar Kuhbauer will be delighted with his team’s comfortable first leg win and hope they did enough to make it into the Europa League group stage draw on Friday.
Rapid Vienna followed on Thursday after their 3-0 win last weekend in the Austrian Bundesliga with another win against Ried with the same number of points.
Even if a 2-0 defeat would be enough to send Vienna into the group stage, Kuhbauer will make sure that his players maintain their performance and build a strong formation across all competitions.
Zorya Luhansk’s disappointing start to the 2021/22 season has continued, with the loss at Rapid Vienna last Thursday, the third loss from the first five games in all competitions.
However, they recovered and took all three points in the Ukrainian Premier League with an entertaining 4-3 away win in Mariupol on Sunday.
A bracket of Shahab Zahedi as well as gates of Yehor Nazaryna and Oleksnadr Hladkyy ensured that the Muzhyky won the second league win of the season and moved up to seventh place in the table.
Viktor SkrypnykThe men hope that last weekend’s result can be the catalyst for positive form, despite another difficult task on Thursday of climbing a giant mountain to reach the Europa League group stage.
Confirmation of their overall loss mid-week would result in their being demoted to the first Europa Conference League.
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Zorya coach Skrypnyk started with a 4-4-1 formation for the first leg but can switch to a flat 4-4-2 for Thursday’s game to have two center-forwards in his starting XI.
Vladyslav Kabayev started in number 10 behind the lone striker Allahyar Sayyadmanesh for the first leg, however, they could both be dropped and by the strikers Zahedi and. be replaced Raymond Owusu – who have scored four goals so far this season.
As for Rapid Wien, they are unlikely to make too many changes to the team that started the first leg.
Fountas, Kara and Grull, who all scored in the first leg, have hit the net 16 times in 11 games across all competitions so far in this campaign, and all three are set to start Thursday.
goalkeeper Richard Strebinger, who remained clean four times in his last six games, was substituted in the 63rd minute of the last league game with a shoulder injury Paul Gartner is expected to start in the middle of the week.
Zorya Luhansk possible starting line-up:
Shevchenko; Favorov, Vernydub, Imerekov, Juninho; Kochergin, Nazaryna, Buletsa, Hromov; Zahedi, Owusu
Rapid Wien possible starting line-up:
Gardener; Stojkovic, Hofmann, Greiml, Ullmann; Arase, Ljubicic, Granhovac, Grull; Fontas, Kara
Probability: Zorya Luhansk 1: 2 Rapid Vienna (Rapid Vienna wins 5: 1 in the overall standings)
Zorya Luhansk has everything to do on Thursday and an offensive appearance in front of the home fans is required to compensate for a three-goal deficit.
The visitors are likely to be a threat again by the middle of the week, however, and we can see them secure a narrow win and advance to the Europa League group stage.
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