Anorthosis Famagusta vs Rapid Wien prediction, preview, team news and more
Anorthosis Famagusta will look to reverse a 3-0 deficit when he takes on Rapid Wien on Thursday in the second leg of the Europa League third qualifying round.
Anorthosis was no match for the Austrian side in the first leg and was outplayed on both ends of the pitch. Ercan Cara, Taxiarchis Fountas and Marco Grull each scored a goal for Rapid Wien.
Anorthosis Famagusta players will be relatively fresh for the clash, as Rapid Wien has just played a weekend game against Wolfsberg.
Wien won the game 3-0, as Taxiarchis Fountas continued their stellar form with a sumptuous treble. Vienna is sixth in the Austrian Bundesliga table with four points from three matches.
Anorthosis Famagusta vs Rapid Wien Head to Head
The two teams played three games against each other. Rapid Wien took two wins, while Anorthosis took the other.
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Anorthosis Famagusta vs Rapid Wien Team News
Anorthosis Famagusta did not report any injuries before the clash.
Giorgi Loria is expected to start as a goalkeeper on Thursday ahead of Assaf Tzur. Manager Temur Ketsbaia will go for an attacking approach in this game, which could see him welcome several forwards in the starting lineup.
Like Famagusta, Wien has a strong second ahead of this second leg.
Oliver Strunz is in line for a start against Anorthosis and manager Dietmar Kuhbauer is unlikely to make any changes to the squad that won the first leg 3-0.
Anorthosis Famagusta vs Rapid Wien Predicted XI
Anorthosis Famagusta predicts XI (4-3-3): Giorgi Loria; Korrea, Paulus Arajuuri, Marios Antoniadis, Anderson Correia; Michalis Ioannou, Kostakis Artymatas, Josef Husbauerc, Kyle Lafferty, Lazaros Christodoulopoulos
Rapid Wien predicted XI (3-4-2-1): Richard Strebinger; Filip Stojkovic, Leo Greiml, Kevin Wimmer; Thorsten Schick, Lion Schuster, Dejan Petrovic, Maximilian Ullmann; Christoph Knasmullner, Taxiarchis Fountas; Ercan Kara
Prediction Anorthosis Famagusta vs Rapid Wien
Rapid Wien have one foot in the Europa League group stage and just need to play 90 minutes error-free football to overtake the Cypriots. Famagusta will have to play ultra attacking football, which will certainly leave room for Rapid Wien forwards to counterattack.
We expect Rapid Wien to win by a narrow margin and advance to the group stage of the competition.
Prediction: Anorthosis Famagusta 0-1 Rapid Vienna
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