Rapid Wien and Genk face each other in a highly-anticipated Europa League game at Allianz Stadion. The Austrians suffered a shocking 2-1 loss to Admira in their last league match, and it is no surprise the odds for away win have been dropping.
Genk, on the other hand, head into the match following a 1-1 draw with Royale Union. De Smurfen aim to take advantage of Rapid’s shaky defence, and seeing that John van den Brom can count on key players for the match, we are tempted to put our money on John van den Brom’s troops. In their last meeting in the Europa League, back in 2016, Genk defeated Rapid Vienna thanks to Nikolaos Karelis’ goal.
Notably, this will be the fifth meeting between Rapid Vienna and the Belgian side, Genk. The hosts bagged a 2-2 draw in the first home fixture against Genk and a 3-2 victory in the second home match back in September 2016. While both sides have three wins, one draws and one loss in the last five games.
Genk were held to a 1-1 draw on home turf by newly-promoted Royal Union SG in the Jupiler League.mNigeria international Paul Onuachu put the hosts ahead from the spot in the 73rd minute but a last-gasp strike by Deniz Undav saw the sides share the spoils.
This will be the third time that the two teams have been paired in the same group of the Europa League. They met in Group F of the 2016-17 Europa League group stage and each won the home leg by a one-goal margin. They were also drawn together in Group G of the 2013-14 tournament and drew both legs of their encounters.