Our football match prediction:
Red Bull Arena will host Wednesday’s football game between Salzburg and Rijeka. The Croatians outclassed TNS in the second qualifying round, but eliminating the Red Bulls in the double-header is easier said than done. Salzburg set up a meeting with Rijeka by beating Hibernians of Malta and they will have a much bigger fish to fry in the two-legged tie against Matjaz Kek’s men. The Austrian champions have yet to book their place in the group stages of the elite competition and it has to be noted that they were eliminated by Dinamo Zagreb in their last meeting with a Croatian side in the Champions League qualifiers. Both Salzburg and Rijeka are likely to adopt an attack-minded approach in the first leg and we predict that both teams will score in the Red Bull Arena clash. Florentin Matei has been in a fine form of late and he is likely to prove a handful for Salzburg defenders.
Highlighted Player (Dario Zuparic):
Dario Zuparic is a Croatian footballer, who plays for Pescara as a defender. Zuparic played for the likes of Sladograna Zupanja, NK Granicar Zupanja and Cibalia during his youth career. He continued playing for Cibalia at senior level and he made 57 league appearances for the Croatian outfit from 2011 to 2013. In 2013 he signed a contract with Pescara and made 21 appearances for the team in the 2013/2014 Serie B campaign. Zuparic quickly established himself as a first-team regular at Pescara and it has to be noted that he played 36 games for the Delfini in the 2015/2016 season. The Pescara highly rated defender was born in Croatia, but he started playing for Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has 3 caps for Bosnian and Herzegovina U19 team, but he eventually decided to represent Croatia on the international stage. Zuparic has 5 caps for Croatia U20 and he played three matches for Croatia U21. The 188-cm-tall footballer was born on 3 May, 1992 in Zupanja.
Highlighted Team (Red Bull Salzburg):
Salzburg are a professional football club that compete in Austrian Bundesliga. The club’s main sponsors are Red Bull and, as a result, they are well known under the name of the Red Bulls. The club was founded on 13 September, 1933 and they won their first Austrian Bundesliga trophy in 1994. Salzburg quickly established themselves as the dominant force in the national championship and they are the most successful Austrian club in the 21st century. It has to be noted that they won their tenth Austrian Premier League trophy in 2016, finishing the season nine points clear of second-placed Rapid Wien. The Red Bulls welcome their rivals at Red Bull Arena, the stadium that was opened on 8 March, 2008. The capacity of the venue is 31 895. Salzburg participated in the 1993/1994 UEFA Cup final, but Italian side proved to be a big catch for the Austrian outfit. Inter recorded a 2-0 win over Salzburg in the final (on aggregate).