Rapid - Dinamo Zagreb

UEFA Europa League
Asian Handicap
Pick: AH -0,25 Dinamo
Odds: 1.94
Stake: 1

Match date: 21/10/2021

Austrian Rapid and Croatian champion Dinamo from Zagreb will play in the 3rd round of Group H of the European League in Vienna at 6.45 pm CET. Rapid has two defeats and hasn't yet scored a goal, while Dinamo lost against West Ham at home 0:2, but also recorded a brilliant 3:0 victory away against Belgian Genk.

Rapid is playing a very average, even weak season in the 1st Austrian league, only in eighth place with 12 points from 11 games and coach Dietmar Kühbauer is under a lot of pressure. It will be very difficult for him against Dinamo because after two defeats, only a victory suits him, and the guests are a better and more experienced team.

This season, Rapid plays with four players in the back line, but first goalkeeper Strebinger (shoulder) is injured, so Gartler is on goal, and those four in the last defensive line usually consist of Stojković, Hofmann, Greiml and Ulmann. Coach Kühbauer has used two systems this season, 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2. In both versions, he played with two defensive midfielders, Grahovac, Petrović, Ljubičić and Aiwa most often took turns in those positions. Since Petrović was seriously injured a few days ago in Klagenfurt (rupture of the ankle ligaments), Ljubičić and Grahovac should be in the midfield against Dinamo in these defensive positions.

Offensive midfielder Knasmüllner (29), an experienced creative and noble, technically strong player, who went through Bayern, Inter and Barnsley in his career, but didn't play there and reached his peak in Rapid. By the way, Knasmüllner is used by the Rapid strategist almost exclusively in the 4-2-3-1 formation, when he plays behind attackers. Three offensive players are Grüll, Fountas and Kara, let's mention that Grüll can play on both attacking wings, and Fountas manages well, except at the top of the attack, and on the left side, as well as behind the first striker Kara.

Let's add that Rapid lost as many as 10 points in this Austrian championship in matches in which they had a result advantage, they didn't know how to keep the lead...

In recent years, Dinamo has been the second dimension for Rapid in European competition, according to the results. Dinamo has a team that has brought down many greats clubs, and which has mostly success with clubs of Rapid's level and quality. We don't need to go far into history, Dinamo marched next to Klagenfurt last year against WAC and took off towards a new, big European result. It was a victory that was crucial for the further journey to "spring" and Tottenham (1/8 finals Europa League, 0:2, 3:0).

Croats come to Austria with the same belief this time as well. After a great game in Genk, the victory in Vienna means that they will have a huge chance to win at least second place in the group where the favorite is English West Ham, considering that Dinamo will play in Zagreb against Rapid and Genk until the end.

The only minus for coach Damir Krznar is injury of captain Arijan Ademi, but Josip Mišić is playing in better and better form, and Bartol Franjić can meet the demands in the positions of defensive midfielder. In the attack, Dinamo will go in a 4-2-3-1 formation with the strongest forces Menalo and Oršić on the wings, Ivanušec as the play-maker and Petković as the central striker.

The defense is complete, although in the last round they conceded three goals in first half against Rijeka in derby of the 1st HNL. In the second half, Dinamo scored three goals, so it ended 3:3.

The Blues have been playing well in Europe for a long time, they know how to play for the result, and they are especially successful away, against Rapid class teams. Also, Dinamo should not rush, while Rapid, if has any European ambitions, must seek victory at all costs.

Dinamo is currently of better quality than Rapid, also has more national team players and more players who can solve the game with an individual class. Form is also on the side of the guests, while Rapid has practically not played a match since August that he could be proud of. Then against Anorthosis and Zorja won 3:0, but two months later Rapid can't get even close to that level of form. My impression is that Dinamo will take all three points from Vienna tonight...

LOST Score: 2:1 Profit: -1
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