Saturday, October 16, 2021

West Ham 4/11 to beat Rapid Vienna in Thursday’s Europa League showdown

Competition: Europa League

Market: West Ham win

Odds: 4/11 @ 888sport

Looking to make it back-to-back Europa League victories on Thursday night, West Ham will welcome Rapid Vienna to the London Stadium.

Starting with the hosts, while West Ham might have been left heartbroken by that last-gasp defeat against Manchester United earlier in the month, the Hammers have bounced back in some style. Extending on their EFL Cup run away at Old Trafford only days later, David Moyes’ side once again showed their resolve over the weekend. Despite falling 1-0 down away at Leeds away on Saturday afternoon, the Londoners snatched a stunning injury-time winner at Elland Road and the mood in their camp remains at a red-hot high. Shocking many across the Premier League last season, West Ham also opened their Europa League adventure with a very eye-catching display on foreign soil a fortnight ago, the midweek hosts landed a deserved 2-0 victory away at Dinamo Zagreb. With just a single competitive defeat to their name so far this season, the Hammers should be smelling a golden chance here.

As for the visitors, while West Ham might be in the midst of an extended purple patch, Rapid Vienna are enduring what has quickly become a nightmare run of form. Failing to gain any kind of momentum over the weekend after putting in another sluggish display, the Austrian outfit were hit with a 3-0 drumming at the hands of Sturm Graz on home soil. With the firmly on Dietmar Kühbauer’s shoulders, the former Bundesliga champions find just their goal difference keeping them off the foot of the table. Opening their Europa League adventure with a 1-0 loss against Genk on home soil a fortnight ago, Vienna have now lost four of their last five matchups across all formats. Given the huge recent gulf in class, we’re backing West Ham to make it back-to-back European wins on Thursday night.

Bet: West Ham 4/11 to beat Rapid Vienna in Thursday’s Europa League showdown @ 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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