Sparta Praha vs Rapid Wien Preview 28/07/2021
On Tuesday night, Sparta Prague host Rapid Vienna at the Generali Arena in the Champions League second qualifying round second leg.
The first leg of the tie in the Austrian capital finished 2-1 to Rapid, so there is still plenty to play for in this encounter.
Sparta Prague kicked off their domestic campaign with a thrilling 3-2 win over Sigma Olomouc. The weekend victory will lift spirits in their camp after a slightly patchy run of form in pre-season.
First three points to 2021/22 league table. 😏
— AC Sparta Prague (@ACSparta_EN) July 24, 2021
The team from the Czech capital have featured intermittingly in the early rounds of the Champions League in recent seasons. However, they have failed to make it to the group stages of the competition since 2005.
In fact, they are now winless in their last six games in Europe’s elite competition, having conceded at least two goals in five of those six winless matches.
Their recent home form in the Champions League has been mixed, although they have won five of their previous eight home games in the competition.
Despite losing their opening Bundesliga fixture 2-0 against Hartberg, Rapid will be confident of moving on to the third qualifying round of the competition after their first-leg victory. Didi Kuhbauer’s team also enjoyed a decent pre-season campaign too.
The Austrian visitors have an inconsistent recent record in Europe’s elite competition. Last season they suffered a third qualifying round defeat against Belgium team Gent.
Ironically, the last time that Rapid Vienna featured in the Champions League group stage was in 2005, the same campaign Sparta last made it to the group stages.
The visitors have a mixed recent away record in European football’s elite competition. However, a record of two wins in eight matches on their travels is not a great one.
PlusBet.net predicts that Rapid Vienna will seal a place in the next round by recording a victory in an exciting encounter.
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