The home team must get a two-goal margin win to progress to the knockout phase of the Europa League, so check out our Rapid Vienna vs Molde Preview to see what we prepared for the game.
Rapid Vienna Recent Form & Team News
Rapid Vienna have a clear objective in this match – beat Molde 1-0, or by at least two goals, to progress alongside Arsenal from UEFA Europa League Group B. They lost 1-0 in the reverse fixture, but their other group stage matches have all featured both teams scoring, with an average of 4.75 total goals scored across those other four games.
Rapid have overcome a -1.5 handicap in one of their last five competitive home matches (W2, D2, L1) and a 1-0 win seems unlikely, as they’ve conceded at least one goal in five straight home matches – 1.6 goals on average. Especially vulnerable late on, they’ve conceded 62.5% of the goals in these matches in the second half, conceding the last goal in four of five.
Player to watch: Ercan Kara has three goals across Rapid’s last four competitive matches.
Hot stat: Given what’s at stake, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see something approaching the average of 6.17 yellow cards (total) from Rapid’s last six home matches (in all competitions).
Dietmar Kuhbauer cannot count on Christopher Dibon (knee), Philipp Schobesberger (knee), and Dalibor Velimirovic. Dejan Ljubicic (muscle) and Dejan Petrovic (muscle) are questionable to play.
Molde Recent Form & Team News
Molde (W3, L2) are hunting their second ever progression from the UEL group stage. Outside the Arsenal matches in this group, Molde last suffered a defeat 13 competitive matches ago, and by a two-goal margin or more 26 matches ago. Again discounting the Arsenal defeats, four of their last six reversals have come via a 2-1 scoreline and all six by a narrow one-goal deficit.
Away from home, Molde have won just three (D4, L4) of their last 11 European matches, but – Arsenal away aside – have won their last four competitive away trips, scoring 2+ goals in all four wins. Each of their last five away matches also featured over 2.5 total goals.
Player to watch: Molde’s hero from the reverse fixture, Ohi Omoijuanfo, also scored in the last UEL round. Molde have won seven straight matches when he’s found the net.
Erling Moe will be without Martin Bjornbak (thigh) and Kristoffer Haraldseid (knee).
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