Rapid vs Sparta: who's the favourite?
Rapid and Sparta will face each other in Vienna on July 20, we picked a favourite in our prediction. Who will get the victory? You'll find the answer down below.
Rapid had a great season in Austrian Bundesliga - they failed to put up a competition against Salzburg for a golden medals, Red Bull won the top spot by 15 points, but the Green-Whites took the second position without any problems. In the new season Dietmar Kuhbauer's team played only one official match - in the Austrian Cup Rapid trashed Wiener Victoria by a 6:0 score.
Sparta also failed to compete for the golden medals in their domestic league, completely losing it to Slavia. But Reds got the second place and a spot in the Champions League qualification. Sparta prepared for the qualifying matches in warm-up friendlies, one of them ended with a draw against Dinamo Moscow (2:2).
Two out of last three head-to-head matches ended with that score
In last three Rapid's matches this bet was successful
In two out of last three head-to-head matches one of the teams failed to score
Rapid is slowly gaining form - a 6:0 victory over a regional league side in a domestic cup is hardly saying anything about Green-Whites' condition, but they started to prepare for the qualification long before Sparta, in the mid of June. Plus they have already played one official match, so hosts are probably better prepared for the match, so they will try to get the win. We think that hosts have more chances for a victory today.
Our prediction - Asian handicap (0) on Rapid
Prediction: Handicap (0) on Rapid
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Teams are still preparing for the season, so we don't think that they will show a spectacular performance today. Guests will probably play cautiously and Rapid is not at the best form right now, so they are unlikely to put up many goals.
Our second bet is on total under three goals