Kick-off: 1755, 13/12/2018
TV: BT Sport
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What Trueform says for Rapid Vienna vs Rangers
Rangers need to win their final Europa League Group G match to reach the knockout rounds but Rapid Vienna will be a tough nut to crack in Austria.
Dietmar Kuhbauer’s side were beaten 3-1 at Ibrox on Matchday 2 but have taken four points from home games against Spartak Moscow and Villarreal, without conceding a goal.
We think 7/5 for the hosts to prevail at Weststadion is a percentage pick for our first Rapid Vienna vs Rangers prediction.
A Look At Rapid Vienna’s Betting Odds
Rapid have struggled for goals in Austria’s top flight this term and are down in eighth place, but they have saved some of their best displays for this competition.
In the qualifying rounds, they crushed Slovan Bratislava here 4-0 and then brushed aside Steaua Bucharest 3-1, before just holding on for a 4-3 aggregate success in the return leg.
The group stage began with a 2-0 defeat of Spartak, before losing to Rangers and Villareal on the road put the pressure on.
Andrija Pavlovic had two good chances to score in a goalless draw with Villarreal at this venue that was more open than the scoreline suggests.
Mert Muldur and Philipp Schobesberger then netted in a 2-1 victory in Moscow that gave Rapid every chance of progressing.
With the visitors forced to go on the offensive, we feel the hosts can pick them off on the counter and like 31/10 for a home win and both teams to score from the Rapid Vienna vs Rangers odds.
A Look At Rangers’ Betting Odds
Rangers will take heart from that deserved 3-1 win over Rapid in Glasgow at the start of October, but it was far from a convincing victory in our book.
Veton Berisha gave the Austrians a 42nd-minute lead, only for Alfredo Morelos to instantly reply.
The scores stayed level until James Tavernier struck from the penalty spot six minutes from the end, before Morelos wrapped things up with a smart counter attack at the death.
However, Steven Gerrard’s side have struggled defensively away from home in this pool, drawing 2-2 at Villarreal and then going down 4-3 at Spartak Moscow.
Rangers are also coming off a couple of Scottish Premiership setbacks, losing 1-0 to Aberdeen at Ibrox and then drawing 1-1 with a Dundee side reduced to 10 men early on.
Gerrard moaned: “I am very disappointed. Our last two performances have been very poor.
“We were in a fantastic place, top of the league, looking like we had players who could handle the responsibility of being a Rangers player.
“The last two performances don’t look like the team we are trying to build and individuals are not stepping up and performing at a level that is acceptable.”
It may be hard to get back on track in this tough fixture, so 9/1 for a 2-1 home win completes our Rapid Vienna vs Rangers betting tips.
Last Europa League result:
Spartak Moscow 1-2 RAPID VIENNA – Mert Muldur, Philipp Schobesberger
RANGERS 0-0 Villarreal
Head-to-head: Rangers 3-1 Rapid Vienna, Rapid Vienna 0-2 Rangers, Rangers 1-0 Rapid Vienna
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