In Vienna, Rapid seems to be different this season, showing offensive power and motivating their fans to a good season. Rapid gained in quality and showed a strong quality against Wacker Innsbruck, and the big question now is how the great tactical plan is implemented when the team playing away.
In the hosts there are five new players in the starting lineup – but what has changed under coach Heimo Pfeifenberger at SC Wiener Neustadt, is the rigid 4-4-2 system. Especially against a team like Neustadt they should try to create in the midfield, which is difficult with this system or be present in this players playing in such system. In the 2012/13 season they already started badly with the system. In the away defeat at Mattersburg they showed problems in playing like a team, maybe due to the numerous new signings. In the last game, there were Siebenhandl, Maak, Kral, Pollhammer, Wolf, Friesenbichler and only seven players who already were on the team in the last season. The first games will be for SC Wiener Neustadt especially difficult – but looking to the value of the squad, they should recover during the season. Ramsebner is injured for this game
Match: Manga – Rapid Vienna 18.30h
League: Austria BundesLeague
Our prediction: Away Win Odds: 1.65
SK Rapid Vienna Rapid played against Wacker Innsbruck in a very fluid system in which there were free roles, defensive and offensive plays, using the wings. At home, is always easier to play – the big question will be whether Schöttel Peter and his team can play the same concept of play in the away games. It is possible that the system will be again a typical 4-4-2 with two mobile strikers(Alar, Boyd). In comparison to the team that won the last game by 4-0, the team should be the same. Moreover Schöttel is also a coach who knows the SC Wiener Neustadt very well, even if only very few of his former players are still in the Neustadt. If Rapid impose his game, the quality should make the difference between these two teams.