Lokomotiv Zagreb vs Rapid Vienna Betting Predictions and Odds
Will Rapid live up to the role of favorites?
The framework schedule for the new season is extremely tight so that only a few days after the Champions League final, the second round of qualification for the new season is already underway.
Before the game Lokomotiv Zagreb vs. Rapid Vienna, the odds show that the guests from Austria are easy favorites in this game. However, both teams are not yet in their usual rhythm, everything is open.
This game is about everything, the qualifying round will be decided in a duel. If there is no winner after 90 minutes, the game will be decided in extra time or on penalties. Kick-off in Zagreb is on Wednesday evening.
Lokomotiv Zagreb – statistics & current form
Even if the new season in Croatia is already underway, Lokomotiv Zagreb is still looking for the rhythm. Given the two competitive games played so far, this is not unusual. Before the game Lokomotiv Zagreb vs Rapid Vienna, the betting odds show that the host goes into this game as an outsider.
This also has to do with previous performance. The last game against Rijeka was won 1-0, but on the first day of the new season, they were dumped 6-0 in the derby against Dinamo Zagreb. So the defense had problems, there was not enough relief to the front. That has to change in the game against Rapid, the win against Rijeka was a step forward.
Lokomotiv Zagreb had to accept some departures. The strong goalkeeper Grbic moved to Atletico for seven million euros, and other important players also left the club. On the access side, there was little to observe apart from a few expired loans, only a six-figure sum was spent on midfielder Kallaku.
Lokomotiv Zagreb needs balance
The balance will be an important aspect of the game against Rapid. The game against city rivals Dinamo showed, however, that the defense gets big problems as soon as it is challenged.
That’s why before the game Lokomotiv Zagreb vs. Rapid Vienna our prediction that both teams will score at least one goal. The guests have one or two very interesting offensive players.
But back to the Croatians. Trainer Tomic’s 3-5-2 system will also be the method of choice against the Austrians. With three central defenders, you should ensure that the protection is in place. However, the two wingbacks have to be very careful and quickly get behind the ball after losing the ball.
There are no personnel problems, the large squad is fully available.
Probable formation of Lokomotiv Zagreb:
↳ Hendija – Omsankovic, Kolinger, Markovic – Gluhakovic, Petrak, Halilovic, Celikovic – Sammir – Budimir, Cuze
Last matches from Lokomotiv Zagreb:
⚽️ 08/21 2020 NK Lokomotiv 1 – 0 Rijeka
⚽️ 08/16 2020 Dinamo Zagreb 6 – 0 NK Lokomotiv
⚽️ 08/01 2020 Rijeka 1 – 0 NK Lokomotiv
⚽️ 07/25 2020 Osijek 1 – 2 NK Lokomotiv
⚽️ 07/19 2020 NK Lokomotiv 1 – 1 HNK Gorica
Rapid Vienna – Statistics & current form
For Rapid Vienna, the game against Lokomotiv Zagreb in the qualifying round for the Champions League means nothing more and nothing less than the start of the new season. It is therefore unclear what condition Rapid is currently in.
The last two friendlies against Slovan Liberec (3: 0) and Sleszky Opava (5: 3) were won, but that was not a real indicator. Now the automatisms have to work, mistakes should be avoided as a matter of urgency.
Before the game Lokomotiv Zagreb vs Rapid Vienna, however, the guests go into the game as favorites.
Rapid: There were a few failures to complain about
The route for the guests is clear. First of all, Rapid Vienna will be concerned with security, later the offensive efforts will be gradually increased. Strenuous overtime is to be avoided, so the longer the game is balanced, the longer a team will have to increase the risk.
Rapid Vienna is essentially starting the new season with the eleven of the previous season. So the squad has not been improved, at the same time new players do not have to acclimate themselves, the team is well established. And she knows what coach Kühbauer wants from her. Besides, there are some good players in the line-up, especially in the offensive area.
Therefore, before the game Lokomotiv Zagreb vs. Rapid Vienna our tip that both teams will score at least once.
The Austrians have to do without some players. With Schobesberger, Schuster, Velimirovic, Sonnleitner, Barac, Wunsch, and Dibon, several players who are very important are missing.
Probable formation of Rapid Vienna:
↳ Strebinger – Hofmann, Greiml, Stojkovic – Hajdari, Ljubicic, Grahovac, Ullmann – Murg, Demir – Fountas
Last matches from Rapid Vienna:
Club friendship games
⚽️ 08/15 2020 Rapid Vienna 3 – 0 Slovan Liberec
⚽️ 08/12 2020 Rapid Vienna 5 – 3 Slezský FC Opava
Bundesliga Championship Group
⚽️ 07/05 2020 Wolfsberger AC 3 – 1 Rapid Vienna
⚽️ 07/01 2020 Rapid Vienna 3 – 1 LASK
⚽️ 06/28 2020 Sturm Graz 2 – 3 Rapid Vienna
Lokomotiv Zagreb vs Rapid Vienna Direct comparison
So far, the two clubs have not faced each other in international competition, so there is no data available about a direct comparison.
Lokomotiv Zagreb vs Rapid Vienna – Betting odds comparison – Champions League qualification
🔹 Betting Prediction: Lokomotiv Zagreb
🔸 Odds: 4.33
🔹 Betting Prediction: Draw
🔸 Odds: 3.8
🔹 Betting Prediction: Rapid Vienna
🔸 Odds: 1.75
Lokomotiv Zagreb vs Rapid Vienna Betting Predictions and Odds Provided by PicksSoccer Experts
Lokomotiv Zagreb and Rapid Vienna have one thing in common: the dream of the UEFA Champions League. But there is still a long way to go. The fact that two competitive games have already been played speaks for the hosts. At least there is a little rhythm, and the game was played on a competitive level.
However, the Croatians still have a few things to improve. Rapid Vienna comes as a slight favorite and with more individual class, but has to do without several players defensively.
Odds probabilities for win Lokomotiv Zagreb / draw / win Rapid Vienna:
1: 21% X: 26% 2: 53%
Lokomotiv Zagreb vs Rapid Vienna – betting odds & other interesting bets at a glance:
🔹 Betting Prediction: Over 2.5 goals
🔸 Odds: 2.05
🔹 Betting Prediction: Under 2.5 goals
🔸 Odds: 1.70
🔹 Betting Prediction: Both teams to score/ YES
🔸 Odds: 1.90
🔹 Betting Prediction: Both teams to score/ NO
🔸 Odds: 1.80
Key facts – Lokomotiv Zagreb vs Rapid Vienna tips
⭐️ Lokomotiv Zagreb defensive with problems: The season opener was lost 6-0
⭐️ Both teams are still looking for the rhythm
⭐️ Rapid recently with good performances in the friendly matches
Lokomotiv Zagreb is therefore quite vulnerable defensively, Rapid Vienna rather weakly staffed. That’s why before the game Lokomotiv Zagreb vs. Rapid Vienna our prediction that both teams will score.