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Aston Villa vs Rapid Wien

In Football, UEFA Europa League on August 25, 2009 at 23:53

By Joe, www.Bettingexpert.com

Curtis Davis with the second goal at Anfield. Could he do it again on Thursday night?

Curtis Davis with the second goal at Anfield. Could he do it again on Thursday night?

From what Villa did to Liverpool at Anfield on MOnday could spark a new era for Villa as they successful register their first win of the season. In that in mind, they go into the UEFA Europa League playoff tie against Rapid Wien trailing 1-0 for the first leg. They will have to overturn this defict in order to get themselves into the hat on this coming saturday evening draw in Monaco. A goal might be enough to get them penalites after 90minutes but Villa will be looking for more.

Coach Martin O’Neill has seemingly improved the Villa’s defense as their outing against Liverpool proved a bit more stable. Their win at Anfield have given them a boost for the upcoming tie against Rapid. They will be searching for minimum a goal and that could well come for a set piece as they managed two set piece goals against Liverpool. They will push forward and attack would be their main priority on the night. With all the players full of confidence after the Liverpool game, it will be good to see O’Neill fielding a strong starting eleven compared to the one, he picked a week ago. They will be dangerous on the night and expect some explosive attacking football from James Milner and Ashley Young.

Rapid Wien have gone strength to strength ever since they met Aston Villa in the 1st leg. Last weekend, they managed to beat LASK at home with a compelling 4-1 score line. Steffen Hoffman was the man of the match as he scored a goal and was provided 2 assists for the 3 other goals. He will be the one to watch at Villa Park. The Austrians will travel to England without their new acquisition Milan Jovanovic as he is ruled out with an injury. Otherwise, Rapid Wien look on form and they are dangerous in the attack.

This tie will probably not go into extra time if Rapid Wien choose to play it cautious in Villa Park. The reason behind is that both teams are like to attack rather than defend and both defense like to concede a goal in their matches. So for the neutrals, this could be a joyous match to watch when football is all about attacking but it could be a nightmare for coaches and supporters watching on. Aston Villa have the home advantage and they are on the high. Villa to win with Betsson will get you odds 1.33.

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