Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Rapid Wien and Steaua face each other at Allianz Stadion in what is expected to be one of the most entertaining games of Thursday’s program in the Europa League play-offs. Rapid Wien outclassed Slovan Bratislava 4-0 in their last game of the process, but beating Steaua is easier said than done. Anyhow, seeing that the Austrians are undefeated in previous four home games in the Europa League, we predict that they are going to grab something from Thursday’s football match. Steaua did well to beat Croatian side Hajduk Split in the third qualifying round, meaning that they are definitely capable of making life difficult for Rapid in Wien. A close encounter is on the cards and, taking everything into account, we believe that there is a big value in betting on draw. It has to be noted that the two teams meet for the first time ever in European competitions.
Highlighted Team (Steaua Bucharest):
Over the years Steaua have established themselves as one of the most successful clubs in Romania. Founded on 7 June, 1947 the club won their first domestic trophy in 1951 and they have been the dominant force in the Romanian football ever since.
In 2015 Steaua won their 26th national championship, but the club’s biggest success is winning of the 1985/1986 Champions League (European Cup) trophy. The Ros-Albastrii did well to beat Barcelona in the title game at Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan in Seville. Three years later they made it to the final of the elite competition, but Milan proved to be a big catch for the Romanian champions in the Camp Nou showdown.
Steaua suffered a 4-0 loss to Rossoneri in the 1989 European Cup final. A number of high-profile footballers played for Steaua in the past, but, no doubt, Gheorghe Hagi is the most famous player who wore the club’s shirt. The Ros-Albastrii play their home games at Arena Nationala, the stadium that was opened on 20 February, 2008.