Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Dundalk and Rapid Wien go head to head at Tallaght Stadium in the Europa League group stages round 4. Dundalk do not seem to be competitive at this level, with the team suffering a loss in each of their first three league fixtures, and it is no wonder bookies see them as underdogs in Thursday’s football game. Rapid Wien, on the other hand, experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 4-3 loss to Ried in the national championship, but they are surely capable of beating Dundalk behind closed doors.
The Austrian outfit aim to overtake Molde in second position in the standings, and we are positive that they will prove their worth on the field. The good news for the visitors is that key attacker Taxiarchis Fountas has overcome his injury. We are positive that the Greece international will prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Highlighted Player (Stefan Colovic):
Born in Belgrade, Yugoslavia on April 16, 1994, Stefan Colovic is a winger who plays for Irish side Dundalk. During his youth career, Colovic played for the likes of Crvena Zvezda, Rad, Atletico Madrid, and Partizan, and he returned to Rad at the start of his senior career.
The pacey winger was part of Drina Zvornik, Sloboda Tuzla, Jagodina, Radnicki Pirot, Kolubara, and Proleter Novi Sad as well before joining Dundalk. Colovic made his Dundalk debut on March 6, 2020 in a 4-0 win at Finn Harps. He scored his first goal for the Lilywhites in a 3-1 loss to Sligo Rovers five months late.
His main position is right winger, but he is used as a left winger as well. Stefan Colovic has yet to earn a call-up for the Serbia national team. His preferred foot is left, and he has a contract with Dundalk until December 2021.
Highlighted Team (Rapid Vienna):
Rapid Wien are considered the most successful club in the history of Austrian football. In 2008 the capital club won their 32th domestic title and in 1995 they clinched their 15th Austrian Cup trophy. Die Grun-Weissen were founded back in 1898 as Erster Wiener Arbeiter-Fussball-Club and one year later the club was renamed to Sportklub Rapid Wien.
In 1904 the club’s colours were changed to green and white and they have been wearing green and white shirts ever since. In 1985 Rapid made it to the Cup Winners Cup final and it has to be noted that they participated in the final competition in 1996 as well. Famous German footballer Lothar Matthaus was in charge of the team between September 2001 and May 2002, but he failed to record a good result with the Weststadion outfit.
Weststadion has been the home ground of Rapid Wien since 16 July, 2016 and you should bear in mind that the capacity of the stadium is 28 000. Rapid’s fiercest rivals are Austria Wien.