Rapid Vienna vs Sassuolo by Enzo
We can now say that Rapid Vienna is far away from their good form, as the team comes from only a point taken in a home game against Altach in a 1:1 game. Guests looked more decided to attack in the first halftime and took the lead in 29th minute via Ngamaleu, but the hosts had more of the ball possession from that moment on and have increased the pressure a lot.
However, they stood playing with a man less since 74th minute when midfielder Grahovac got excluded, but they were still able to deservedly take a point thanks to a goal from Schosswendter. After this point, Rapid stands at fifth position only, however with only three points less than second placed Altach. As for Europa League, Rapid won at home over Genk, but lost narrowly in the second round to Bilbao away from home. They now know that the team needs to attack and seek for points here, since they can't count much on their performances away from home.
Austrians continue to miss forward Philipp Schobesberger (4/0) and midfielder Steffen Hofmann (2/0). Doubtful is forward Matej Jelic who didn't perform so far anyway in the season.
Sassuolo is having quite good start in the Serie A, as they come from a 2:1 victory at home over Crotone last weekend. They were way more dominant and held the ball and controlled the game much more for the most of the time, but stood back in the scoreline at the very start of the game with a goal from Falcinelli.
However, they were increasing the pressure more and more and deservedly reached their three pointer with two late goals, in 83rd via Sensi and three minutes later with a goal from Iemmello. Sassuolo is now tenth at the table, having just two points less than fourth placed Torino. Italian side won in the first round at home over Bilbao, but suffered setback in a game in Belgium when they lost 3:1.
Italian side will miss forward Domenico Berardi (2/2), but also midfielders Timo Letschert (2/0) and Simone Missiroli (1/0) due injuries. Doubtful for this match remains talented midfielder Alfred Duncan (4/0) with an ankle problem.
Rapid will probably try to present themselves in quite attacking way here, but the team isn't anywhere close to their full potential and great form. I definitely see Sassuolo walking away with something here, even if they change couple of players for this one. Italian side has plenty of reasons to be set here at least as a bit less of a underdog, while I see them walking away with something for sure.