Match preview: Rapid Vienna v Rosenborg

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Rosenborg failed to reach the group stages last season. Photo: PA

Rapid Vienna striker Terence Boyd is not sure how the team will react to playing in an empty stadium when they take on Rosenborg in their Europa League Group K opener.

The Austrian side were handed the punishment by UEFA as a result of the crowd trouble which marred their play-off win over PAOK.

Rapid appealed the ban but that was dismissed by European football's governing body earlier this week, meaning the hosts will be without vocal support at the Ernst Hapoel Stadium tomorrow night.

And Boyd is not looking forward to the experience.

"It will be very strange playing behind closed doors tomorrow," he said. "I've never done it before and honestly don't know whether it will be more difficult to play our usual game.

"Personally, I'm more motivated by full stands but we have to make sure we are more comfortable than our opponents are."

Rosenborg also qualified for the group stage via the play-offs, beating Legia Warsaw 3-2 over two legs.

The Norwegian side have done their homework on tomorrow's opposition, with player development coach Trond Nordsteien having travelled to Austria to watch their opponents in action.

He said: "What I saw there was a good football team who we have a chance of beating home and away. Rapid are a big club in Austria, and full of tradition, who have done well in recent years

"But they are certainly a side whose standard we can match."

Coach Jan Jonsson has doubts over Stefan Strandberg, who is struggling with a back injury, although Rade Prica is expected to take his place in the side following an ankle knock.