The Green-Whites had to endure some bitter defeats in the Bundesliga recently while city rivals FK Austria marched on. Red Bull Salzburg also managed to get closer to the top of the league. Last Sunday, the “Bulls” beat Admira 8-0.
Rapid lost against struggling Wolfsberger AC, the team managed by ex-Rapid ace Dietmar Kühbauer. Now Rapid face FK Austria. The match takes place at Vienna’s Ernst Happel Stadium on Sunday (kickoff: 4.30pm).
Last night, the team coached by Zoran Barisic sent out a warning signal by beating FC Viktoria Plzeň 3-2 in the Europa League group stage. This victory could be crucial as it takes the team closer to the knockout stage.
Europa League action continues in 2016. Now the capital is getting ready for the legendary city derby. Rapid must not underestimate FK Austria who reshaped their squad by adding top players like national team keeper Robert Almer and Nigerian winger Olarenwaju Kayode.
Tickets for the match are still available. Visit http://www.skrapid.at for further information.
The Austrian Bundesliga after 12 of 36 rounds:
Red Bull Salzburg, 24 points
FK Austria, 24
SK Rapid, 22
Admira Wacker, 20
SV Mattersburg, 19
SK Sturm Graz, 18
SV Grödig, 12
Wolfsberger AC, 9
SV Ried, 9
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