Rapid Vienna vs Shakhtar Donetsk Prediction and Football Tips – 19/08/2015
Champions League football tips – Rapid Vienna vs Shakhtar Donetsk prediction
Rapid Vienna are without star central midfielder Stefan Schwab who is currently serving the second game of a two match UEFA ban due to a straight red card. Forward Robert Berič will almost certainly start after scoring in three of their last four games. Expect some changes in defence after not keeping a single clean sheet since July when defender Thomas Schrammel picked up a cruciate ligament injury which will keep him out until January 2016.
Coach Mircea Lucescu has no injury worries within the squad, and will be looking to field a competitive side. They have some very exciting Brazilian talent in Bernard, Taison and Alex Teixeira. The losses of Luiz Adriano and Douglas Costa have been a blow to Shakhtar, but if the experienced Darijo Srna can keep the defence in line they will certainly pose a threat to Vienna.
Rapid Vienna: 4-3-3 formation: Novota; Auer, Sonnleitner, M. Hofmann, Stangl; Grahovac, Petsos, S. Hofmann; Kainz, Berič, Schobesberger
Shakhtar Donetsk: 4-2-3-1 formation: Pyatov; Srna, Rakitskiy, Ordets, Shevchuk; Stepanenko, Fred; Taison, Alex Teixeira, Bernard; Gladkiy
- Rapid Vienna have won 7, drawn 3 and lost 0 of their last 10 matches
- Shakhtar Donetsk have won 6, drawn 2 and lost 2 of their last 10 matches
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Rapid Vienna have scored an average of 2.6 goals and conceded an average of 1.1 goals per game
- Over the course of their previous 10 matches, Shakhtar Donetsk have scored an average of 2 goals and conceded an average of 0.9 goals per game
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Rapid Vienna’s previous 10 matches
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of Shakhtar Donetsk’s previous 10 matches
- The two teams have never met in a UEFA competition. Rapid Vienna are unbeaten at home against Ukrainian opposition, whereas Shakhtar have only ever lost whilst visiting Austria
Rapid Vienna will be looking to reach the group stage for the first time in nine years. They are in very good form and will feel that this is the best time to beat a Shakhtar side, especially sitting two points clear at the top of the Austrian Bundesliga. The loss of Schwab will be a blow however, and they could be exposed defensively by the pace of Shakhtar.
The last time Shakhtar failed to reach the group stages was the 2009/10 season, so they will be hopeful of progressing this time around. They are in decent form despite being five points adrift in the Ukraine Premier League, which is arguably the stronger of the two leagues. Alex Teixeira will undoubtedly be a threat in this game.
Despite Vienna’s superior form and respective league position, Shakhtar have more recent experience in the Champions League, and I feel their team quality will earn them a slender win in the first leg.