Saturday, 16 July 2016

Rapid Vienna vs Chelsea Club Friendly Match Preview And Prediction - July 16, 2016

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Nearly 28,000 fans will mark the opening of Vienna’s Allianz Stadion on Saturday as Rapid Vienna take on Chelsea – led for the first time by former Italy boss Antonio Conte. With a run of six straight wins in their pre-season, including a 1-0 win over Russian side Rubin Kazan in their last match at home, Rapid Vienna meet Chelsea as the ‘in-form’ side.

Antonio Conte will certainly hope to make an immediate impact and quickly help fans forget last season’s humiliating title defense with a healthy preseason win. Conte trained with the team for the first time at the club’s Cobham training ground this week and, judging by his antics on the side-lines at Euro 2016, Conte’s intensity and presence is likely to excite the Chelsea fans, who will await the team news keenly to see if the new boss opts for his favoured three at the back.

Match fitness, strong form, and high morale, are all huge factors for manager Mike Buskens looking ahead to Rapid’s next competitive fixture. Rapid Vienna play their first match of the Europa League third qualifying round at the end of July and manager Buskins will be keen to ensure his key men are injury free ahead of this tie in a hope to avoid the embarrassment of their last Europa League outing: a humiliating 10-0 aggregate defeat to Gary Neville’s Valencia. Rapid Vienna are consequently expected to experiment with an understrength side. Contrastingly, Chelsea are looking to start their pre-season strong and should many of their “star” players are likely to be featured. Combining this analysis with the statistics below, we expect Chelsea to win at 1/1 to be the safe bet in this match and Chelsea to win 2-0 at 10/1 to be a top value correct score bet.

Rapid Vienna and Chelsea have never before played a fixture against each other.

Chelsea are yet to play a pre-season friendly but both teams have scored in their last 5 consecutive Premier League matches. Rapid Vienna have scored at least 1 goal and won all 5 of their fixtures since the Austrian Bundesliga came to an end in June.

Rapid Vienna's youthful squad has an average age of just over 24 and certainly possesses the weapons to surprise in this fixture. Rapid Vienna's most dangerous of those are goalscoring midfield duo Stefan Schwab and Florian Kainz, who netted 15 league goals between them last season. But with the Europa League third qualifying round on the 28th July, manager Mike Buskens will be keen to ensure his key men are injury free ahead of this and is expected to experiment with an understrength side.

Antonio Conte hopes to make an immediate impact, and quickly help fans forget last season’s humiliating title defense. Rumour has it that Diego Costa has other plans and wants to head back to Atletico Madrid this summer.

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