Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Zorya and Rapid take on each other at Slavutych-Arena in the Europa League playoffs, return leg. Zorya aim to overcome a three-goal deficit in front of home fans, but they will have a mountain to climb in Thursday’s football game. Anyhow, we predict that the hosts are going to find the net in the second leg as they looked sharp in front of goal in a 4-3 league win over Mariupol at the weekend.
The Austrian outfit, on the other hand, are with one foot in the Europa League group stages. Rapid Vienna have been impressive up front as well, with the team netting six goals in total in the previous two games in all competitions. Since the visitors will have a number of opportunities to find the net on the break, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score.
Highlighted Player (Mykyta Shevchenko ):
Born in Horlivka, Ukraine on January 26, Mykyta Shevchenko is a goalkeeper who plays for Zorya Luhansk in the Ukraine Premier League. Shevchenko has nothing to do with the legendary Ukrainian footballer, and, unlikely Andriy, he has yet to represent the national team on the international stage.
Mykyta Shevchenko started his club career at Shakhtar Donetsk, but he did not see too many game actions with the Miners. Following loan spells with Illichivets Mariupol, Zorya Luhansk, and Karpaty Lvivi, he signing a permanent deal with Zorya. The 187-cm-tall shot-stopper has three caps with the Ukraine U21 team, while making six appearances with the U19 team.
Speaking of his achievements at the club level, Mykyta Shevchenko won the Ukraine Premier League with Shaktar Donetsk on three occasions (2012/13, 2016/17, 2017/18). Mykyta’s preferred foot is right and his contract with Zorya Luhansk should expire in June, 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.