Rapid Vienna v Aston Villa Live
After a disappointing start to the new Premier League season, Martin O'Neill's Aston Villa will turn their attention to Europe when they visit Austria to play Rapid Vienna in the first leg of their Europa League tie on Thursday evening. Sign up with the Live Sport Network to watch live online streams of Rapid Vienna vs Aston Villa and other Europa League qualifying round games.
Rapid Vienna finished second in the Austrian Bundesliga last season. They have drawn one, lost one, and won one in their three league games of the new season. In their most recent game, they beat Parndorf 3-2 in extra time in the OFB Stiegl Cup. Nikica Jelavic, Stefan Maierhofer and Christopher Drazan were the scorers for Rapid against Parndorf.
Rapid entered the live Europa League in the second qualifying round, where they hammered Albanian side Vllaznia 8-0 on aggregate. They were given a much tougher test by Cypriot outfit APOP in the third qualifying round, and won the tie 4-3 on aggregate after Christopher Trimmel scored an extra time goal in the return leg in Nicosia.
Aston Villa were upset 2-0 by Wigan Athletic at home in their first game of the season. Strikes from Hugo Rodallega and Jason Koumas sealed victory for Roberto Martinez in first league game as Latics manager. Villa did have their chances though - Charles N'Zogbia hit the post, and both Ashley Young and James Milner forced saves from Chris Kirkland.
Villa reached the round of 32 last season in the UEFA Cup before bowing out to CSKA Moscow. The defeat to CSKA also started a slide in their domestic form, and they eventually conceded the fourth spot they held for so long to Arsenal.
Can Villa put behind the memories of their opening day loss, and beat Rapid in Vienna? Watch SK Rapid Vienna vs Aston Villa live to find out.
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