These are positive days for Austrian football in general with the national side having just qualified for Euro 2016 and Rapid Vienna are flying the flag for the country in terms of club football. They could just be real darkhorses in this competition this season, having already claimed one or two notable scalps in Europe this season.
They knocked Ajax out of the Champions League in the qualifying rounds with a brilliant 3-2 win at the Amsterdam Arena and are clearly not a side that fears playing away from home. Their 2-2 draw away to Shakhtar Donetsk further demonstrated that and they were unfortunate to miss out on the group stage of that competition in that tie. They began their Europa League campaign with an impressive home win against La Liga leaders Villarreal and they will have absolutely no fear in going to take on Dinamo Minsk.
The Belarus outfit beat Austrian opposition in the form of Red Bull Salzburg on penalties in the Europa League play-off round so Rapid should be well aware of what they are all about. However they’ve not won any of the 7 games since their first leg win over Salzburg, which is now 6 weeks ago.
The Premier League in Belarus is not a strong competition so that sort of form is worrying to say the least and in the space of a few weeks they’ve fallen 12 points behind leaders BATE Borisov in a league that is past the half-way stage. They were also beaten 2-0 by Viktoria Plzen in their opening group game and Rapid look decent value at 21/20 to inflict more punishment on them here.
The Austrian League leaders have won their last 4 matches and although they do have a crunch clash with 2nd place Salzburg on Sunday, European football is still of huge importance to them and they’ll be eager to win this one and take a giant leap towards the knock-out stages.
Rapid are usually a positive side and their games in Europe usually result in goals so consider backing them to come here and win 2-0 at 8/1 against a Dinamo that has been really poor in the final third of late.