class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>The Austrian outfit are a tough nut to crack in the Europa League and Al Hain-Cole is predicting a low-scoring clash when Arteta's men come to visit
Arsenal will be looking to start their Europa League campaign with a victory when they take on Rapid Vienna at the Allianz Stadion on Thursday.
The Gunners reached the final of this competition two seasons ago, before suffering a surprise defeat at the hands of Olympiacos in the first knockout stage last time out.
Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal Latest Odds
Unbeaten in six away ties in the Europa League, they are 4/7 (1.57) favourites with bet365 to get off to a winning start in Vienna.
However, Dietmar Kuhbauer’s team has only lost once in nine European home games and can be backed at 17/4 (5.25) to pull off an upset by coming out on top.
Two of the visitors’ last three away matches in this competition have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 10/3 (4.33) on them settling for a single point once again.
Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal Team News
Christopher Dibon, Dalibor Velimirovic and Philipp Schobesberger are all long term injury absentees, with Tamas Szanto also unavailable.
Gabriel Martinelli, Pablo Mari, Shkodran Mustafi are all ruled out, while Calum Chambers, Rob Holding, Reiss Nelson are doubtful.
Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal Preview
Although on paper perhaps not the most daunting fixture, Mikel Arteta will know that his side will have to remain patient as they search for a breakthrough against the Austrians.
Indeed, Rapid have only conceded three times in their last seven Europa League matches on home soil, so will back themselves to frustrate a visiting attack with just five goals to their name in five fixtures.
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Nevertheless, with only Liverpool and Manchester City having scored past them in five away games so far this season, Arsenal are unlikely to be too troubled defensively themselves.
Rapid Vienna vs Arsenal Tips and Predictions
Indeed, even money (2.00) seems generous on no more than on side getting on target for Rapid’s sixth Europa League game in seven.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.