Valencia vs. Rapid Wien: UEFA Europa League Round of 32, Game 2 will be played at the Ernst Happel Stadion tonight.
The match will start at 19:00 on 25 February 2016. Rapid Vienna does not have good opportunities for the Europe League as they have lost 6-0 to Valencia at the Mestalla in the 32 round first leg. It was the Austrian 17th loss in the competition,.
The Vienna has suffered some misfortune as Injuries to the players like Christopher Dibon ,Jan Novota and Louis Schaub kept them out from the game while Midfielders Florian Kainz and Steffen Hofmann are uncertain to host the match. In contrast Valencia is the winner of their third successive match at the weekend. Tremendous goals from Dani Parejo and Santi Mina triumphs a 2-1 win at Granada. In the previous encounter with Rapid Vienna, Santi Mina scored five goals, and Valencia has scored 6-0 at home ground on Coach Gary Neville’s 41st birthday at last week first leg. The Spanish team delivers the record margin of victory for a UEFA Europa League match.
The teams are encountering for the second time in UEFA champion league. Rapid’s performance in 12 matches with Spanish teams is W3 D2 L7 (W3 D0 L2 in Vienna) whereas Valencia’s record in nine UEFA against Austrian sides is W7 D1 L1 (W2 D1 L1 in Austria). Rapid won all three of their home games in the group stage while Valencia has lost their last two continental matches without scoring.
The confident Vienna’s couch responds for the upcoming game “I hope to start a positive run but it is dangerous to start thinking about turning points. I never thought I needed a result to see a turning point — sometimes we cannot explain how we have not got wins. The squad is stronger, more confident.”
The expected players to rule the turf tonight would be :
Rapid Vienna XI: Strebinger; Pavelic, Sonnleitner, Hofmann, Stangl; Grahovac, Petsos; Murg, Schwab, Schobesberger; Jelic.
Valencia XI: Alves; Barragan, Santos, Vezo, Gaya; Zahibo, Danilo; Mina, Rodrigo, Piatti; Negredo.
Both the coaches Neville and Barisic played together when united beat Rapid in the 1996/97 UEFA Champions’ League group stage. Neville played both games, while Barisic attended the final 26 minutes of the first game at Old Trafford. Rapid did not play in the spring season of a UEFA competition since they lost the final of the 1995/96 UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup, in Brussels. They successfully agreed for the EFA Europa League group stage for the first time at the fifth attempt this season. However, Valencia played from the group stage to the semi-finals in UEFA Europa League campaign, 2013/14. They won the UEFA Cup in 2004, where Olympique de Marseille lost the game with a 2-0 score in the final in Gothenburg.
Once again both the European squads will encounter in the second leg of 32 stake game at the Europa league .