Champions League: Sparta Prague vs Rapid Vienna preview, team news, prediction and tips - Smart Bettors Club
Champions League: Sparta Prague vs Rapid Vienna preview, team news, prediction and tips
July 27
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Sparta Prague and Rapid Vienna will lock horns in the second leg of the Champions League second qualifying round at the Stadion Letna on Wednesday. The kick-off is at 20:30 CEST.

Preview

Despite opening the scoring in the third minute of the match thanks to Ladislav Krejci's goal, Sparta were defeated 2-1 by Rapid in the first leg in Vienna last week. It was Christoph Knasmullner who secured a victory for the Austrian side on home soil with a second-half brace and now the 29-year-old will be eager to take Rapid to the next round in Prague.

Pavel Vrba's side have defeated Sigma Olomouc 3-2 in the opening matchday of the Czech First League on Saturday since then while Dietmar Kuhbauer's men kicked off their run in the 2021/22 Austrian Bundesliga with a bitter 2-0 loss to Hartberg on the same day.

Team news

The hosts have no confirmed injury absentees ahead of the encounter while Rapid will be without the services of Srdjan Grahovac who suffered facial fractures over the weekend. Philipp Schobesberger and Dalibor Velimirovic will also miss the forthcoming clash for the visiting side through injury.

Prediction

Sparta and Rapid have experinced very different fortunes in their domestic leagues since their previous head-to-head meeting so both sides will arguably in high spirits on Wednesday but for opposite reasons. What could reduce the Austrians' chances in this one is Grahovac's absence in Prague as the Bosnian has been a key players for Rapid ever since joining the club in 2019. Moreover, Sparta have won 15 out of their last 17 matches in the Czech capital so you can't deny their strength on home soil. Hence, let's stick with the hosts taking revenge on the Austrians for last week's defeat this time around.

Tip

Sparta Prague to win at 1.8 with 1XBET.


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