Rapid Vienna vs Salzburg by Goleador
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SK Rapid Wien - FC Red Bull Salzburg
Today the Top-game of this game day will be played in Vienna, when Rapid Wien, currently 2nd place, faces Salzburg, who are already champion in Austria and now only looking forward to win Austrian cup and with this the double.
Rapid Wien (you maybe know I am a fan of Rapid, but I am keeping my analysis objective) is playing great football at the time. A record of 5-3-0 in the last 8 games says everything. The last loss was against... Salzburg. In this game it was open until minute 89. Salzburg took the lead 2-0. Rapid equalised after goals by Boyd and a great long shot by Petsos. Then Sonnleithner had his head at the wrong place and scored an own goal. Six minutes later Trimmel scored the 3-3 and everything was open again. In the end Salzburg scored the goals. Kampl in minute 84 and mistakes in Rapid defense. Especially when Schrammel estimated a long ball by Salzburg GK Gulacsi wrong and another goal was scored I just thought what he was doing. In the end the 6-3 was way to high and Rapid also would have deserved at least a point, but also could have won ths match. After this loss Rapid showed great games and especially the 0-1 away win against rival Austria Wien was a highlight. The last game vs Grödig was the worst of these last eight games in my opinion were there was just a wrong gameplan. Many high ball into the front on striker Boyd to avoid the offensive pressing and against a bad pitch. But the pitch was in a pretty good condition and Grödig didn´t act stupid. Another problem was the efficieny in front of the opponents goal in this game, especially Burgstaller showed old weaknesses. But against Salzburg this games doesn´t matter anymore. Rapid always played well against them, no matter if they were having a good run or a bad.
Salzburg always has problems vs Rapid not matter if they are in form or not. Since Salzburg won the title a few weeks ago, they are 2-1-2 in Bundesliga losing high, 3-0 away, vs Austria Wien, playing draw vs last placed Wacker Innbruck, losing at home vs Sturm and winning against Admira (3-2) and Grödig (3-1), but conceding a in four of those five games. Coach Schmidt always changed the team a bit to try new things, but also they motivation sometimes seemed to be a problem. Against Admira two of their three goals were scored after set pieces (one penalty, one freekick) and one after a huge mistake in Admira defense. This won´t always happen and out of the game they had more problems than usual. What´s now also difficult for the team is the message, that successful coach Roger Schmidt will leave the club to join Bayer Leverkusen in German Bundesliga. If we remember the years before Schmidt there was no continuity, many times the coach was changed after not beeing successfull, especially on international competitions. I guess maybe this fear is coming back but no one in Salzburg hopes so.
Salzburg, and there is no doubt, has to most qualitiy in their team in Austrian Bundesliga, but they have always big problems vs Rapid Wien as the H2H shows: 6-8-6 in the last 20 matchups (5-1-4 at home (Rapid)). Rapid players are alway extra motivated in these duel and the fan support is alway really great, as the Gerhard-Hanappi Stadion will be sold out with about 17.200 spectator. It is some kind of duel of tradition of Rapid vs commercial football of Salzburg and I see great value on "my" team, although I usually don´t like to bet on Rapid, but I have tried to by as objective as possible.
Rapid Wien: Novota (GK) - Schrammel, Sonnleithner, Dibon, Trimmel/Schimpelsberger - Wydra, Hofmann - Burgstaller, Schaub/Alar, Sabitzer - Boyd
Abscences (SKR): Petsos (MID/27/3), Palla (DEF/7/0), Starkl (ATT/16/2)
Salzburg: Gulacsi/Walke (GK) - Ulmer, Hinteregger, Ramalho, Klein - Ilsanker, Leitgeb - Mane, Kampl - Soriano, Alan
Abscences (FC RB S): Vorsah (DEF/0
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|Rapid Wien AHC-0||Pinnacle||3.16||8||2-1 WON (+17.28 units)|
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