FC Vaduz vs Rapid Wien
Rapid Wien to win and over 2.5 goals- 13/8!
Vaduz have already made history this season, so will they now cause one more upset?
Uniquely, they are routinely Liechtenstein’s sole representatives in UEFA competition, with the country’s seven clubs all plying their trade in the Swiss pyramid.
So, the sole spot is given to the Liechtenstein Cup winners, a tournament Vaduz have a won a world-record 48 times, only failing to do so once since 1997.
Thus, they have plenty of experience in these summer qualifiers but, before this season, had never gone beyond the third qualifying round.
Nevertheless, Alessandro Mangiarratti’s team changed that fact by first ousting Koper in extra time before, against the odds, dumping out Konyaspor.
Despite only drawing the first leg 1-1, Cédric Gasser, Manuel Sutter and then Tunahan Çiçek were all on target in last Thursday’s 4-2 victory in Konya.
For context, Konyaspor finished third in the Turkish Süper Lig last season, while Vaduz ended up fourth in the Swiss Challenge League, the country’s second-tier.
So, once again, they’ll come into his clash as massive underdogs, hoping to spring one more surprise at Rheinpark Stadion.
Rapid Wien meantime are 32-times champions of Austria, although the most recent of their titles came in 2008.
On the continent, die Grün-Weißen were Cup Winners’ Cup Finalists in 1985 and 1996, appearing in 11 group stages subsequently.
This includes the Europa League last season, with Rapid Vienna actually featuring in that competition seven times in the last decade.
So far this season, Ferdinand Feldhofer’s team have had to work had to get this far, narrowly beating Lechia Gdańsk, before needing extra time to oust Neftçi Bakı.
Having lost 2-0 in Azerbaijan, they eventually prevailed last Thursday, with Marco Grüll and then Ferdy Druijf the scorers.
No doubt, Rapid Wien come into this tie as favourites, so will they leave Liechtenstein with a lead?