Our prediction for this Europa League match:
All eyes will be on Allianz Stadion when Rapid Wien and Molde face each other in the Europa League decider. Molde defeated Rapid 1-0 in Norway earlier in the process, and given the goal difference of the two sides, a 1-0 win over Molde will see Rapid book their place in the Europa League last 32. The Austrian outfit are high on confidence ahead of Thursday’s clash as they rolled over Hartberg in the national championship at the weekend, and we are positive that they will stick to their attacking style of play.
Hofmann returns from a domestic ban, while Dibon, Ljubicic, Petrovic, Velimirovic, and Shobesberger are all likely to miss the game with injury. The Norwegians did well to beat Dundalk 3-1 in their last group game, and given their attacking potential, both teams to score betting option should be considered. Anyhow, the hosts are closer to picking up all three points from the game than the visitors. The likes of Bjornbak and Haraldseid remain in the recovery room for the visitors.
Highlighted Player (Filip Stojkovic ):
Following a successful spell with Serbian giants Crvena Zvezda, Montenegro full-back Filip Stojkovic joined Rapid Wien in 2019. Stojkovic was part of the Crvena Zvezda team that defeated Liverpool in the 2018/19 Champions League campaign, and, no doubt, that is considered one of the biggest successes of his career.
The Montenegro footballer is a product of the Bukovik Razanj youth team, and, in 2006 he was spotted by Crvena Zvezda’s scouts. From 2009 to 2017 Filip played for the likes of Sopot (loan), Banat (loan), Cukaricki, and 1860 Munchen before returning to Stadion Rajko Mitic. Nowadays the pacey full-back plays for both Rapid Wien and the Montenegro national team.
He made his debut for the national team in a 1-0 loss to Turkey in 2016. Since Stojkovic is a footballer of Serbian descent, he has eight caps for the Serbia U21 team. The Rapid Wien defender wears the No. 22 shirt at the Austrian club.
Highlighted Team (Molde):
Based in Molde, Norway, Molde FK are one of the most successful Eliteserien clubs of the century. The Blues won their fourth domestic championship in 2019, with the team finishing the process 14 points clear of second-place Bodo.
However, Molde failed to defend their trophy the following season as Bodo looked unstoppable in the Norwegian top flight. Speaking of the Norwegian Cup, the Blues clinched their fourth silverware in 2014, with the team beating Odd 2-0 in the title game. The Eliteserien outfit play home games at Aker Stadion, the venue with the capacity of 11,249 spectators.
Thanks to a second-place finish in the 1998 Eliteserien campaign, Molde qualified for the Champions League for the first time ever. As a result, the likes of Real, Porto, and Olympiakos visited Norway. Molde are well known for their blue shirts and white shorts, with the team wearing white jerseys and blue shorts when playing on the road.