Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Following a morale-boosting win over Espanyol, Valencia will be looking to move one step closer to booking their place in the Europa League last 16 with a victory over Rapid Wien. Gary Neville recorded his first league win as Valencia coach at the weekend, meaning that the former Manchester United full back can breathe easier ahead of the visit of the Austrian side. Over the years los Che have turned their Estadio de Mestalla into a real fortress and there is every chance the hosts will emerge triumphant in the first leg. Rapid’s main goal is to clinch the Austrian Bundesliga trophy and they will not be too disappointed should they happen to suffer elimination in the Europa League knockout stages. You should have in mind that Rapid suffered a 1-0 loss to Villarreal in their previous meeting with a La Liga side and, taking everything into account, our prediction is a comfortable home win.
Highlighted Team (Valencia):
Founded on March 18, 1919, Valencia FC are a Spanish football club that compete in La Liga. Los Che play their home games at Estadio de Mestalla, the stadium which was opened back in May, 1923. The capacity of the venue is 50,000. Seeing that bats are quite common in Valencia, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Bats.
Valencia made it to the Champions League final on two occasions (2000, 2001), but they were beaten in the title games by Real Madrid and Bayern Munchen respectively. The Spanish club, though, did well to win the UEFA Cup title in the 2003/2004 season, with the team beating Marseille in the final of the competition.
A number of top-class footballers were part of the club in the past, with the likes of Pablo Aimar, Ruben Baraja, David Albelda, Santiago Canizares, John Carew and Gaizka Mendieta all playing for the Estadio de Mestalla outfit. Valencia main colors are white and black, whilst they often where orange jerseys and shorts when playing on the travels.