Is Rapid experiencing deja vu at Dinamo Zagreb? With what is probably the best performance of the season, the Hütteldorfer Dinamo Zagreb in Vienna were able to beat 2-1. From the Viennese point of view, this can be repeated. After all, the Kühbauer-Elf has been looking up in the last few games, especially since they have been unbeaten for six competitive games. The second duel against Dinamo Zagreb is of enormous importance for Rapid.
After three rounds, West Ham United is the undisputed leader with nine points, followed by them Dinamo, Rapid and Genk with three counters each. The second contests against a Champions League group third in a play-off for the round of 16 participation, the third moves to the intermediate round of the Conference League.
Even with a point in Zagreb Rapid would get closer to wintering in the European Cup. In order to achieve this, the performance from two weeks ago must be followed up, stressed trainer Dietmar Kühbauer. “There was Zagreb totally surprised we played a good game and now they want to turn the tables. But we want to do everything we can to ensure that we remain unbeaten, ”said the Hütteldorfer coach.
After the furious start to the season, Sturm Graz recently suffered an earnings crisis. The last four competitive games were lost. Most recently they conceded a 3-0 home defeat against the WAC. Now, of all things, Real Sociedad comes in the Europa League. The Ilzer-Elf lost the first leg just 0: 1. “We were close to winning a point two weeks ago, that should give us confidence for the game,” said Ilzer on Wednesday.
Ilzer assumes that his team will have less possession of the ball. You will like in Graz try to be dominant. But we managed with our style of play that they did not come up with chances every minute. We want to follow up on that, ”said the Styrian head coach, adding:“ We just want to get the most out of our possibilities. ” Want Sturm Even as third to tackle the switch to the knockout phase of the Conference League, points are slowly but surely a must. The table situation before the fourth of six rounds: AS Monaco (7), Sociedad (5), PSV Eindhoven (4), Sturm (0).
They would be at the Estadio Anoeta Grazer also in top form outsider, especially since the opponent even without the most recently injured topstriker Mikel Oyarzabal laughs with just one loss from the top of the table. The betting odds of the bookmakers are clear: no away team in the 16 Thursday duels is trusted that little. For one Grazer Away wins are sometimes paid out 14 times the stake. That alone says a lot about the starting position and the favorite role in this duel.