Rapid Wien v West Ham betting tips: Sweet 16 aim for Hammers
Rapid Wien v West Ham betting tips and odds
Group leaders West Ham guaranteed a place in the top two with a 2-2 draw in Genk last time out but they can secure a spot in the last 16 of the Europa League with victory in the Austrian capital on Thursday night.
The Hammers were heading for a fourth successive Group H win earlier this month only for the Belgians to earn a point from a Tomas Soucek own goal two minutes from time.
We go 3/5 on the east Londoners to get the win they need to reach the knockout phase but let’s look at some of the other options in our Rapid Wien v West Ham betting tips.
West Ham’s four-match winning run came to an end at the weekend in a 1-0 defeat at Wolves but David Moyes should head to Austria with his head held high.
The Irons won their first three Europa League games without conceding and are 15/8 to win to nil, just as they did in a 2-0 victory against Rapid Wien at the end of September.
West Ham have scored at least twice in all four group games, so we go 5/6 on an an away win and over 1.5 goals or 7/1 on a third 2-0 victory.
Rapid Wien can no longer qualify directly for the last 16 but they can still finish second and compete in the preliminary knockout round.
— West Ham United (@WestHam) November 23, 2021
However, they have lost three of their four games and defeat on Thursday means they are unlikely to make it even to the Europa Conference League.
The visitors can be backed at evens to win or draw, Rapid Wien not to score in the first half and under 3.5 goals in the match which would have paid out in their first two games.
They have got off to quick starts in their last two outings, taking the lead inside 10 minutes which is 10/1, but the Hammers can also be backed at 15/2 to win from behind in our Rapid Wien v West Ham betting tips.
Moyes was rocked by a season-ending injury to key defender Angelo Ogbonna in the 3-2 win against Liverpool but Issa Diop and Craig Dawson played in the heart of defence in the 2-2 draw with Genk so he may not have featured anyway.
Manuel Lanzini, Arthur Masuaku and Said Benrahma played behind sole striker Michail Antonio in the usual 4-2-3-1 formation in which Declan Rice and Mark Noble were in the holding roles.
The Austrians matched the Hammers’ formation when they met two months ago, with Ercan Kara the sole striker and that was how they lined up in Saturday’s nervy 1-0 win against 10-man Altbach.
Antonio is the 7/2 co-favourite to break the deadlock or 6/5 to score but Benrahma looks a more interesting proposition having scored both goals against Genk and the clincher against Rapid Wien at the London Stadium.
The former Brentford man is 13/2 and 23/10 in both markets and Rice is 4/1 to bag his third goal in the competition or 12/1 to net the opener.
Lanzini cannot be ignored at 15/2 to get the ball rolling or 14/5 to find the net while Diop is 6/1 to repeat his goal against Genk in our Rapid Wien v West Ham betting tips.
Kara and Taxiarchis Fountas are the top scorers for Rapid Wien in in the Austrian Bundesliga with six goals and they are 7/1 and 15/2 respectively to get the game’s first goal or 13/5 and 11/4 to breach the Hammers defence, although both players have to yet to score in the competition.
Where: Allianz Stadion, Vienna
When: 17:45, Thursday 25th November
How to watch: BT Sport
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication