Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal tips: Europa League preview and odds

Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal predictions and tips: Europa League preview and odds
We are backing Rapid Vienna or draw at 11/8

The Europa League returns and we have three Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal tips with an upset for the Gunners on the cards

Arsenal will be well aware they will need to be at their best in their 2020/21 Europa League Group B opener against an in-form Rapid Vienna at the Allianz Stadion.

Arsenal may have the better-known squad on paper but face a tough examination against a Vienna side that is full of confidence.

Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal predictions

With the fixtures coming thick and fast, Mikel Arteta may decide to rotate his squad for this game and that could hand the initiative to the hosts. Even though the Gunners will still be able to field a team packed full of internationals, we are backing a home win for the in-form Austrian side.

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Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal betting tips

Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

Vienna to continue impressive run

Vienna have started the Austrian Bundesliga in fine form, winning three and drawing one of their four matches to climb to second, as they look to challenge defending champions Red Bull Salzburg.

Dietmar Kuhbauer's men are unbeaten in their last four games in all competitions and they have lost just once in their last nine home matches in the Europa League, that defeat coming at the hands of Inter Milan.

During that run, Vienna held the likes of Athletic Bilbao and Villarreal while beating Rangers, Basel, Spartak Moscow and Slovan Bratislava.

While Arsenal may be considered to be stronger than most of those sides, we feel the Green-Whites can get something from the contest and backing them in the double chance market may be the way to go.

Tip: Double Chance — Rapid Vienna or Draw @ 11/8 with bet365

Austrian goal rush on the cards

Neither side has had any issues in front of goal this season, with Vienna notching an impressive 10 goals from their four league matches while Arsenal are just two shy of that mark having played a game more.

Greece international Taxiarchis Fountas has been the main threat for Rapid and he will be searching for his eighth goal across all competitions on Thursday, having scored four times in the league and three in the cup.

Arsenal boast a plethora of attacking options and Alexandre Lacazette could be handed a start in Vienna, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Willian and Nicolas Pepe are also expected to play some part.

For Vienna, over 2.5 goals and both teams to score has come off twice from their four league games, while this scenario has happened in three of Arsenal's five Premier League outings.

Tip: Over 2.5 goals and both teams to score @ 11/10 with bet365

Take Vienna in the Handicap

Having put forward the argument for Vienna in the double chance market, there also looks to be value in the handicap with the hosts a tempting 11/8 to win with a goal head-start.

Although Arsenal have won three league games this term, they have ended up on the losing side twice and there is a feeling Arteta is still trying to work out what his best starting XI is.

The fact the Spaniard may decide to rotate his squad further enhances the claims of Vienna, who had a comfortable 5-1 cup win last time out and should be relatively fresh for this encounter.

The Gunners may be unbeaten in their last three away matches in the Europa League but two of those have been draws, when held by Vitoria Guimaraes and Standard Liege, while they only edged past Olympiakos 1-0.

Vienna are strong on their own patch and, with a goal advantage in the handicap market, they could spring a surprise on Thursday night.

Tip: Handicap Result — Rapid Vienna +1 @ 11/8 with bet365

Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal odds

Rapid Vienna are the underdogs despite being at home and on form with the bookies trading the Austrians at 5/1. Arsenal go into the game heavily fancied at 8/15 while the draw can be backed at 3/1.

Odds are correct at the time of publication and are subject to change.

Rapid Vienna team news

Taxiarchis Fountas is Vienna’s danger man with four goals in four league appearances and will be part of a front three with Ercan Kara and Thomas Murg. However, Rapid are still without the injured Philipp Schobesberger, Christoper Dibon, Tamas Szanto and Dalibor Velimirovic.

Rapid Vienna predicted line-up (3-5-3): Strebinger; Stojkovic, Hofmann, Barac; Arase, Grahovac, Ljubicic, Ullmann; Murg, Kara, Fountas.

Arsenal team news

Shkodran Mustafi is pushing for a start after returning from injury but the back three is likely to be David Luiz, Gabriel and Sead Kolasinac with Cedric Soares and Ainsley Maitland-Niles at wing-back. Thomas Partey is set for his first start alongside Mohamed Elneny in midfield while Reiss Nelson, Eddie Nketiah and Bakayo Saka make up the front three.

Arsenal predicted line-up (3-5-3): Leno; Luiz, Gabriel, Kolasinac; Cedric, Elneny, Partey, Maitland-Niles; Nelson, Nketiah, Saka.

Last five results

Rapid Vienna

17 Oct CUP Wiener Neustadt 1 Rapid Vienna 5 W

4 Oct AB Rapid Vienna 3 LASK 0 W

26 Sep AB St Polten 1 Rapid Vienna 2 W

19 Sep AB Sturm Graz 1 Rapid Vienna 1 D

15 Sep UCL Gent 2 Rapid Vienna 1 L

Arsenal

17 Oct PL Man City 1 Arsenal 0 L

4 Oct PL Arsenal 2 Sheffield United 1 W

1 Oct LC Liverpool 0 Arsenal 0 W*

28 Sep PL Liverpool 3 Arsenal 1 L

23 Sep LC Leicester 0 Arsenal 2 W

*Arsenal won 5-4 on penalties

CUP Austrian Cup AB Austrian Bundesliga UCL Uefa Champions League PL Premier League LC League Cup

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