Rapid Vienna v Arsenal betting tips

Arsenal and Rapid Vienna meet at the Allianz Stadion in Vienna on 22 October 2020, with the teams drawn in the Europa League Group B, with Norwegian side Molde and Irish side Dundalk making up the numbers and that means that both of the former teams will feel confident that they go through to the last 32 stage.

Mikel Arteta would clearly rather be guiding his Gunners side into the Champions League in twelve months’ time and the possibility of winning the Europa League to qualify for the better competition could be a viable route should Arsenal fail to finish in the top four of the Premier League.

Should Arsenal Be Short-Priced Favourites to Beat Rapid?

Arsenal are going to be a popular bet to win their 2020/21 Europa League group opener, with Arteta likely to field a strong team for this match although the Spaniard will have to see how his players are holding up after a Saturday teatime clash against Manchester City which followed the international break.

We might not see the Gunners first team players grace the pitch considering that this isn’t a must-win game at this juncture of the competition, with Arteta privately of the opinion that it should be an easy six points against Dundalk and probably an easier double header against Molde also.

Even so, Arsenal have plenty of squad depth and that means lots of cover, with fringe players getting the opportunity to shine in Austria, with many Europa League accumulators likely to include the English Premier League side who will want to book their passage through to the knockout stage at the earliest possible stage.

How Good Are Rapid Vienna?

Rapid Vienna are one of the strongest teams in Austria and they finished second in the Bundesliga last year, although this is a fairly modest European division compared to the likes of England, Germany and Spain. That’s not to say that Dietmar Kühbauer’s side can be overlooked and they clearly have a chance at their own ground.

Rapid originally started off in the Champions League and beat Lokomotiv Zagreb before losing away to Gent which saw them drop into the Europa League. The team have enjoyed a strong start domestically, with Greek striker Taxiarchis Fountas having found the net numerous times already this season.

What Are the Best Bets For This Match?

Rapid Vienna have scored ten goals in their first four Austrian Bundesliga matches and they’ll regard this match as something of a “free hit” against the group favourites. That could see them adopt an attacking approach considering that the home side will feel confident that they can rack up enough points to get into the last 32 stage.

Arsenal will similarly not be there for the draw and that is why our best bet is probably the “yes” option on the Both Teams to Score betting market. The Gunners tend to adopt a more attacking style against lesser sides in the Premier League and the same might apply here.

If you’re interested in this sort of bet, you could also look at Over 2.5 Goals or even Over 3.5 Goals which is a good way of punting on a high-scoring match. We would also recommend an Arsenal win and BTTS.


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