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Villarreal vs Rapid Vienna Betting Tips

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      Villarreal vs Rapid Vienna Predictions

      These are the top two sides in Group E and somewhat surprisingly it is the Austrians who are leading the way. They beat Villarreal 2-1 when the sides met in Vienna on match-day 1 and they are one of only two sides in the competition to still have a 100% record in the group phase.

      4 wins out of 4 mean they have already qualified and if they can avoid defeat here they will win the group and secure seeding in the draw for the next round, which would be an obvious advantage so they are still likely to play a strong side as they don’t have a particularly difficult game in the Austrian Bundesliga at the weekend.

      Villarreal have won all of their group matches since that opening day defeat and will qualify with a point from this game and they might not even need that. They have tended to rotate their squad a bit in Europe and after some disappointing recent showings in La Liga including a 1-1 draw at home to Eibar at the weekend, they may opt to mix things up again here.

      Unlike the other teams to have visited El Madrigal in the Europa League this term, Rapid will most certainly come with a positive approach and it should lead to an entertaining game.

      Both teams have scored in all of Rapid Vienna’s last 9 games in all competitions and they have conceded at least once in all but 1 of their 4 victories in this group. Both these sides are averaging 2 goals per game in the group so far and with the pressure off to some extent here, there is every chance both teams will score again and at 4/5 you can back that to be the case.

      Villarreal have lost their way a little bit in recent weeks after a very bright opening to the season. They are still 4th in La Liga but have only won 1 of their last 6 league matches. Rapid have won 4 of their last 5 in all competitions and their confidence is sky high in Europe right now so they could well get a result here.

      With goals likely, consider backing a 2-2 draw at tempting odds of 14/1.

       

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