- Over 2.5 goals have been scored in 100% of Dundalk’s Europa League group matches this season.
- Rapid Vienna’s group games have averaged 3.66 goals per 90 minutes so far.
- Rapid Vienna beat Dundalk 4-3 when the sides last met earlier this month.
Exciting contest anticipated at the Aviva Stadium
The odds look stacked firmly against Dundalk and Rapid Vienna in the race to qualify from Europa League Group B, though both clubs will be determined to give their outside chances a lift with a win in Dublin this week.
Irish outfit Dundalk have yet to put a single point on the board following a run of three straight defeats, though the Lilywhites’ performance in Austria at the beginning of November suggests they can push Rapid Vienna hard again in this week’s rematch.
The Austrians needed late goals from Maximilian Hoffman and Yusuf Demir to see off their plucky League of Ireland visitors after a thrilling 4-3 slugfest in Vienna, and with the foundations already laid, we expect more excitement when the teams renew acquaintances on Thursday.
All three of Dundalk’s UEL assignments so far saw over 2.5 goals scored, while Rapid Vienna’s matches in the competition have averaged a healthy 3.66 goals per 90 minutes so far, and we’re anticipating another flurry of final third action in the Irish capital on Thursday.
With that considered, and the first meeting between the teams offering plenty of supporting evidence, the over 2.5 goals and both teams to score market looks worth considering for Thursday’s tussle, while our correct score prediction backs Vienna to prevail 3-2.