Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal predictions: How will the Europa League clash unfold?
Arsenal were eliminated at the first knock-out stage in last season’s Europa League but they are among the favourites to win the competition this year. The clash with Rapid Vienna, though, could be a hard one to gauge, given that the sides have never met before.
The last time the Gunners faced Austrian opponents was back in the 1991/92 European Cup.
They beat Austria Wien 6-1 at home before losing 1-0 in the away match.
Rapid also have some history of playing against English opposition.
They faced beat Aston Villa 3-2 in a Europa League qualifying match in the 2010/11 season.
Arsenal fans will be hoping to see more of their £45million deadline day signing Thomas Partey.
The midfielder made his debut as a late substitute against Manchester City at the weekend.
But Arteta is wary of asking too much too soon of Partey.
“We will see how quickly we can make it with him,” said the Arsenal boss.
“I think we have to respect that process and that timing for him because he only trained for a day really.
“There’s a lot of new information and different game models for him to understand, and we have to respect that, but I think when he came on he looked good.”
The Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal predictions below have been provided by thepools.com.
The figures shown are based on how fans have been betting on the Europa League clash.
A spokesperson said: “The bookies are wearing red and white blinkers for Arsenal’s opening Europa League clash of 2020.
“Thepools.com are typical of most outlets, giving the Gunners a 63.7% chance of success in Austria, with Rapid Vienna virtually written off with just a 19% chance of victory.
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“But Rapid are in form and dangerous.
“They have started the Austrian Bundesliga with three wins and a draw – but interestingly have conceded in four of their last five clashes.
“They are usually strong at home, only Inter Milan having beaten them in their last nine Europa League outings at the Allianz Stadion, having held Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal and beaten Rangers, Basel, Spartak Moscow and Slovan Bratislava.
“But they are in the Europa League because they couldn’t get the better of Gent in a Champions League qualifier.
“Arsenal, meanwhile, have only been beaten by the Premier League’s two leading lights, Liverpool and Manchester City.
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“Provided Mikel Arteta doesn’t rotate too heavily the Gunners can justify those odds.
“More reliably, Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score has come off twice from Rapid’s four league games, and in three of Arsenal’s five Premier League outings.
“Arsenal to win and Both Teams To Score is given a 33% probability of happening while Over 2.5 goals is given a 60% opportunity.
“Rapid’s Greece international Taxiarchis Fountas will be searching for his eighth goal across all competitions on Thursday, but Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette is expected to start in Vienna and is given a 46.5% chance of scoring at any time in the match, and a 21% probability of scoring the first goal.”
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