21:05 Genk -Rapid Vienna 1 (2,20)

Genk hosts Rapid in round 5 of group F of the Europa league. Genk is the leader with 6 points while Rapid has 5. All teams can still reach the first two places so taking home advantage should be crucial. And Genk has been more than convincing at home this season. Genk is 6-1-1 at home in the league while have also won both Europa matches. Against Bilbao it was 2:0 while agains Sassuolo it was 3:1. They definitely draw their strenght from the home atmosphere.

Rapid has changed their coach and that is the biggest novelty. It was still not enough to take a point from the match vs Salzburg which they lost 2:1. There is a definite lack of confidence in the team as the coach says and fear has creeped in their heads.  Rapid is already 10 points behind the leaders in the league and are fifth. This is not their season and the team looks far from the offensive machine they were before. There is also some important absences to deal with. Rapid has lost to Bilbao with 1:0 away while were also on the verge of losing to Sassuolo. Sassuolo had a clear 2:0 lead till the 86`th minute when Rapid scored and a few minutes later leveled the score. It is a sign of belief but maybe speaking more about the form of Sassuolo lately.

Genk has a few absences today as Pozuelo(mid.14-3), Walsh(def.8-0), Tshimanga(att.0-0), Vanzier(att.1-0), Uronen(def.8-0) are not available. Important Pozuelo will be the biggest miss.

Rapid has problems on their own as are without: Dibon(def.9-0), Schobesberger(mid.4-0), Murg(mid.14-3) Auer(def.2-0), Schwab(mid.12-4), Hofmann(mid.2-0). Schwab and Murg are also the second and third scorers so their absence in midfield could be crucial.

Genk is the favorite in this one and draw huge confidence from the home crowd.