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Aug 5, 2021 at 7.30pm UK
Rapid ViennaRapid Vienna
3-0
AnorthosisAnorthosis Famagusta
Kara (35'), Fountas (65'), Grull (83')
Schick (80'), Sulzbacher (90+1')
FT(HT: 1-0)

Arajuuri (18'), Korrea (47'), Antoniades (81')

Preview: Rapid Vienna vs. Anorthosis Famagusta - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Rapid Vienna vs. Anorthosis Famagusta - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Thursday's Europa League clash between Rapid Vienna and Anorthosis Famagusta, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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Rapid Vienna and Anorthosis Famagusta face off at the Allianz Stadion in Austria on Thursday evening for the first leg of their Europa League third qualifying round tie.

The winners of this two-legged tie, with the return fixture to take place in Cyprus the following week, will face Zorya Luhansk in the final qualifying round.


Match preview

Rapid would have had their sights set on qualifying for the Champions League, but their hopes of doing so were ended by Sparta Prague in the second qualifying round.

The Green-Whites took a 2-1 lead into the second leg thanks to Christoph Knasmullner's double, but they succumbed to a 2-0 loss in the Czech capital to crash out 3-2 on aggregate.

Dietmar Kuhbauer's men have a week to get over that disappointment ahead of the visit of Famagusta, who are entering the competition at this stage after winning the Cypriot Cup.

The Blue and White finished second in the Cypriot top flight last season and are still a couple of weeks away from beginning their domestic 2021-22 campaign.

Famagusta have won all three friendlies they have played during pre-season, though a lack of competitive football may well work against them on Thursday evening.

Rapid have not only played some European ties in recent weeks, they have also played a couple of games in the Austrian Bundesliga.

However, results have not exactly gone to plan so far, having lost 2-0 to Hartberg on the opening weekend before drawing 1-1 at LASK last time out.

The pressure is now on Kuhbauer to get things right, then, but only one of these sides can advance through to UEFA's secondary club competition.

Rapid Vienna form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • L
  • D

Anorthosis Famagusta form (friendlies):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • W

Team News

Knasmullner may be tempted to make some changes to his starting lineup on the back of the 1-1 draw with LASK at the weekend.

Mamoudou Karamoko was brought on during that game and is a contender to feature from the first whistle on Thursday, possibly at the expense of Husein Balic.

As for the visitors, Temur Ketsbaia has had a few games to work out his favoured formation and lineup for this contest.

Last week's 4-1 win against PAEEK may offer a good indication of what to expect from Famagusta.

Having lost a few key men over the summer, the worry for Ketsbaia is that his side may take some time to click into gear.

Rapid Vienna possible starting lineup:
Strebinger; Stojkovic, Greiml, Wimmer; Schick, Schuster, Petrovic, Ullmann; Knasmullner, Fountas; Kara

Anorthosis Famagusta possible starting lineup:
Tsur; Hambardzumyan, Correa, Arajuuri, Correia; Husbauer, Artymatas, Christodoulopoulos; Deletic, Roushias, Christofi


We say: Rapid Vienna 1-1 Anorthosis Famagusta

Rapid Vienna have an advantage given that they have already played a handful of competitive games this season, though results have not exactly been great.

Indeed, the hosts enter this match winless in three - including defeat in their Champions League qualifier - and we can see Famagusta taking a draw back to Cyprus with them.



Top tip

Our expert tipster partners at Sporita.com are predicting under 3.5 goals in this match. Click here to find out what else they are predicting for this game and for more of their tried-and-tested football tips.Under 3.5:data



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