Trying to heal the disappointment caused by the Champions League, Internazionale makes this Thursday, February 14, its debut in the 2018/2019 edition of the Europa League. At the Allianz Stadion in Vienna, will face Rapid Vienna, Austria. The kickoff was set for 15:55. The return match in Milan was scheduled for February 21.
At this stage, the 24 clubs that managed to qualify in the group stage of the Europa League won the company of the eight third place in the same stage of the Champions League. Whoever adds the most points in the two matches will advance to the next stage, which will have a pairing defined through a draw without any direction. If necessary, goal balance and away goals will be used as tiebreaker criteria. Even though there is no definition, the decision will take place through penalties.
For many years Austria’s top team, Rapid Vienna became a mere supporter in local football after the Red Bull power plant started making heavy investments in Salzburg. Thus, the team will live from small achievements like the classification for the second phase of the Champions League of Europe.
He finished second in Group G. He reached ten points (three wins, one draw and two losses). It was the same score as Villarreal, Spain, who ended up with the first place to take advantage in the direct confrontation.
In the Austrian Championship, which has been paralyzed since December 16, it occupies a modest fifth position. He has 27 points (eight wins, three draws and seven losses). They are 12 fewer than the Salzburg, which makes any hope of achieving the title impossible.
Thus, the brightness hope remains even for the eliminatory style disputes. In the Austrian Cup, Rapid Vienna are in the quarterfinals and will face Hartberg at home on the 17th. The competition will reopen the Austrian calendar. The local Bundesliga will be resumed as of January 22.
Rapid’s preparation for this Thursday’s meeting was made from friendlies. It was six. The team beat Horn (5 to 0), Wien (1 to 0), Aarau (5 to 2) and Triglav (5 to 2); tied with Horsens (1 to 1) and lost to Odense (5 to 2).
Internazionale made an impressive start to the Champions League with a win over Tottenham and PSV. He even started a draw with Barcelona.
However, he escaped classification when he had, at least in theory, the easiest of missions. At home, he only needed to beat the already eliminated PSV. On the final journey, however, was in the tie. It finished in the third position of the group B and was redirected to Liga Europa.
Milan fans have recently had another disappointment. Having the opportunity to receive Lazio in the quarterfinals of the Italian Cup, Inter ended up being eliminated before their public. After a goalless draw in the normal time and by 1 to 1 in the overtime, with his goal being scored in the second half of the extra period in Icardi’s penalty shootout, the team lost the decision for maximum penalties.
Thus, what has avoided a crisis is the solid performance, non-exciting hand, in the Italian Championship. On Saturday, February 9, as a visitor, Inter defeated Parma for 1 year, stopping a fast of four games win (two draws and two losses) and rising to 43 points (13 wins, four draws and six losses) .
He retained the third position and the advantage of five points in the comparison with Milan, fifth place. That is the goal that remains. Get in the top four and once again have the chance to play UCL (Uefa Champions League) again in the 2019/2020 season.
The title chance was reserved even for the Europa League. For his debut in the tournament, the Milan team should be without defender Sime Vrsaljko and midfielder Borja Valero, who are in the care of the medical department.
History of the matches against Rapid Vienna vs Internazionale
This will be the first match involving the teams.
Football Prediction of the Day Rapid Vienna vs Internazionale
Owning a pragmatic football, the Internazionale is unable to thrill even in the victories. Thus, one can not expect quality from the Italian team, only results. In the face of a limited Rapid Vienna and in the process of returning on holiday, the prognosis in the Milanese’s success seems to be the best option for the match of the first leg of the second phase of the Europa League in its 2018/2019 edition.
Bet Tips: Inter wins