Austria Vienna vs Rapid Vienna by SPC22

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Viennese derbies are always tricky to predict, but the signs can't be clearer for this one. Austria is struggling lately. Many key players are injured (goalies Almer and Hadzikic, captain Grünwald, winger Venuto, left outside back Martschinko, midfielder DePaula, defender Ruan) and the strong winger Pires is suspended due to a red card. Although Austria didn't lose the last four derbies, Rapid always was the way better team. Especially in the last derby at Hütteldorf Rapid clearly dominated the game for 70 minutes, but from one moment to the other, they lost the power, got a red card and received two goals for a 2:2 draw. I don't expect that to happen one more time this year.

 

Rapid got in form lately. They haven't lost for the last 7 games and improved their performance a lot. Many key players are healthy again. Especially captain Schwab, winger Schobesberger, and Murg were the biggest factors to win the last few games. Their defense is also playing better since the summer addition Bolingoli came into the starting XI.

 

It is a very important week for both teams because they play against each other again next Wednesday in the Austrian Cup. I expect Rapid to win today and to see a tough cup fight on Wednesday. The bookies also see Rapid as favorites which should be a good sign. I'll go for it.pin
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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Rapid Vienna to win Pinnacle 1.92 10 0-1 WON (+9.2 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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