Rapid Vienna vs Shakhtar Preview
Wednesday evening bring us one very interesting match for betting in play-offs of Champions League. Rapid Vienna meet Shakhtar Donetsk for the first time in the UEFA Champions League matches and we will watch real football battle for positive score in first leg. Both teams play very well and for sure it will be one great match. Rapid won in clash against Ajax last round, while Shakhtar defeated Fenerbahce. Both teams really have great chance to play in Champions League Group Stage and all players are highly motivated for this match.
Rapid Vienna are in tops form and they really play very attractive football. After nine years Rapid Vienna will be looking to reach the Group Stage and they will have very hard job. Rapid Vienna are unbeaten in four home matches against Ukrainian teams and this year they play fantastic football. In last five months they lost only two matches. They play very offensive football and usually scored at least two goals per match. On the other side Shakhtar have great players and they play very strong football in defense line. Shakhtar have not missed a UEFA Champions League group stage last five years and for sure they will try to reach this competition again. Shakhtar lost only one match in their last nine games, they lost in last match against Dnipro. Both teams deserve to play in Group Stage and we expect great football tonight.
Zoran Barisic, Rapid coach:"We are pleased we are playing in front of such a big crowd; the support will be vital because Shakhtar are favourites. A huge challenge awaits but we have everything to gain."
Mircea Lucescu, Shakhtar coach:"Rapid eliminated Ajax, a team with a lot of quality and Champions League experience, so therefore they are able to beat any side in the competition. I do not want to talk about their organisation, but they score lots of goals."
Rapid Vienna have few missing players for their home match against Shakhtar. Thomas Schrammel will not play for sure on this match because of injury. Also Stefan Schwab is another one player who will not play for sure against Shakhtar. Thomas Schrammel is doubtful for this match and he also probably will not help his team on this very important game. All other players are ready for this match and all of them are highly motivated to win.
On the other side Shakhtar dont have fresh injury concerns within the squad and almost all players are fully fit for this away match against Rapid Vienna. All of them know that need to play very cautious and their main objective for this game is playing strong in defense line.
Possible starting lineups
Rapid Vienna: Novota; Auer, Sonnleitner, M. Hofmann, Stangl; Grahovac, Petsos, S. Hofmann; Kainz, Berič, Schobesberger
Shakhtar: Pyatov; Srna, Rakitskiy, Ordets, Shevchuk; Stepanenko, Fred; Taison, Alex Teixeira, Bernard; Gladkiy
Rapid Vienna vs Shakhtar Prediction
We expect very exciting football match between Rapid Vienna and Shakhtar. Both teams play very well and for sure both of them have real chance to reach positive score on this match. Rapid Vienna play very offensive football and they will try to score from the first minute. On the other side Shakhtar play very strong in defense line and they will play very aggressive in defending. However our prediction and betting tips for match Rapid Vienna vs Shakhtar Prediction: Both teams to score. We will watch one very open game with lots of chances on both sides and expect to see more then two goals on this match. Maybe correct score will be 2:1. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.