Rapid Wien vs Shakhtar Donetsk 08/19/2015 UEFA Champions League Preview, Odds and Prediction
Shakhtar Donetsk vs Rapid Wien
Wednesday 19th August 2015 14:45(ET)
The Line: Rapid Wien 11/5 Draw 12/5 Shakhtar Donetsk 7/5 See the Latest Odds
TV: Bt Sport; Fox Sport
A tough one to call here as Rapid Wien may be massive underdogs against Champions League veterans Shakhtar Donetsk but the Austrian side did take a massive scalp in the last round when they beat Ajax in Ajax to get through to this last qualifying round. Rapid have some quality youngsters and with Beric, Schwab and Kainz all starting the season in good goalscoring form this is a side that will believe they can get through to the next round. Rapid gave an unbelieveable performance in the last round to get through as they put in two terrific performances to beat Ajax over the two legs. The question is can they reproduce that form against a very experienced and talented Shakhtar Donetsk?
Shakhtar have started the season poorly in the Ukraine lying third in the league table but they had an impressive win over Fenerbahce in the last round, this is a serious side with Bernard , Fred , Teixera and Eduardo all quality attacking players. Shakhtar Donetsk are one of the teams that have consistantly qualified for the kncokout stages of the competition and this is a second tough qualifying fixture in a row. Shakhtar are favourites to win this one in Wien but it is a tough fixture and one I wouldnt like to be taking an away favourite in.
I think the value play of the night is to take both teams to score, both sides look like they have plenty of attacking talent and I think that given how well Wien played against Ajax in the last round we have to like them to at least get a goal or two against Shakhtar who have so much talent up front they should find the net themselves.