Inter vs Rapid Wien Europa League Predictions

Europa League Inter Milan vs Rapid Wien
Inter vs Rapid Wien Europa League

The match is over.
Score: 4-0.

The second legs of the Europa League knockout rounds are played this week although there is likely to be little doubt over the outcome of this tie, with Serie A giants Inter Milan playing host to Rapid Wien at the San Siro, holding a one goal advantage from the first leg.

Predictions

After the first leg where Inter left with a one goal advantage, they will be seen as heavy favourites for this one with many doubting Wien’s ability to overturn the deficit in Milan.

Despite the loss last week, Wien have been in a bit of a weird state as of late. The game against Inter was their first since a 6-1 loss against Austria Wien, leaving them 8th in the Austrian Bundesliga.

As for Inter, they managed to pull the win out of the big despite off-field turmoil that could heavily shape their future. They stripped Mauro Icardi of the captaincy, with Icardi refusing to go to Austria with the team and sat out their 1-0 win.

Rapid had to rely on a win against Rangers on the final match day of the Europa League group stage after winning just two games prior, both against Spartak Moscow.

As for Inter, they dropped down from the Champions League in agonising fashion, being knocked out after drawing at home to PSV Eindhoven and seeing Spurs get a vital point away at Barcelona.

The home side are favourites to win this game although it may not be a big a margin as many expect. Lautaro Martinez is an able deputy for Icardi, but Inter’s troubles in front of goal are a cause for concern, having scored just twice in their last five domestic games. Inter can win by a couple of goals – maybe 2-0.

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Betting Tips

Inter will be favourites for this clash so a home win carries very little risk while it is also highly likely that they’ll manage to keep a struggling Wien side quiet. The Austrians will be determined to give Inter a good game and determined to take the tie all the way, but Inter will probably have too much for Wien to handle, and this is among the best online betting odds for this midweek round of action.

These are short odds for an outcome which is quite likely anyway, due to the result earlier this month and the home advantage for Inter. Home advantage should significantly shift the momentum in this game and the scoreline being in the Italian’s favour at the break before they pull away to victory in the second half seems very likely.

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Head to Head

This’ll be the fourth time these two have played against one another, with Inter leading the way in wins. Wien took the first game back in 1990 before Inter fought back in the second leg of that UEFA Cup tie, and Inter will be hoping the reverse doesn’t happen to them this time around.

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  • Inter’s position in Serie A isn’t what they were hoping it would be, and it’s not down to their place in the standings. Their position was hopefully to challenge for the Scudetto and give Juventus and Napoli a run for their money, but they’re a long way off even second and looking over their shoulder to make sure they return to the Champions League next season.
  • Wien are the second most successful team in Austria but currently find themselves preparing for a dog fight, with the bottom four teams in the Austrian Bundesliga playing against each other to avoid relegation. They’re currently sitting just one point away from the bottom four and stand next to no chance of making the Championship Playoff bracket, so this could be their only distraction or chance of any silverware.
  • Inter will fancy themselves as one of the tournament favourites given their talent in the squad, but they will have to improve their away form if they want to win it all. The win at Wien was only their second European away win this season, while they also lost 1-0 at Spurs and 2-0 at Barcelona.
  • On the road, Wien have been nothing short of appalling. Two wins from nine games in the Austrian Bundesliga isn’t acceptable and isn’t what you’d expect from anyone in the Europa League, while they’ve also conceded 19 goals and scored just 11.
By:Sam Watt

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