Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Buoyed by a triumph over Europa FC, Dukagjini will look to claim a major scalp in the Conference League qualifiers when they take on Rijeka in the double-header. The Kosovars proved their worth in the first qualifying round, but keep in mind that they head into Thursday’s clash with a severely-weakened squad. Both Arber Shala and Bujar Shabani are banned for the match, while defender Ardin Dallku is back from suspension.
The Rijecki Bijeli, on the other hand, kicked off the new HNL campaign in style, with the team rolling over Rudes 4-0 and given their fine showings in preseason, we believe that punters from all around the world can find value in betting on the Croats. A man to watch in the away team will be Niko Jankovic, who scored a brace in the season opener and provided an assist for Toni Fruk at the weekend.
Highlighted Team (Rijeka):
Founded on July 29, 1946 as Sportsko Drustvo Kvarner, Rijeka are a Croatian football club that have always been in Dinamo Zagreb’s shadow. Dinamo are undisputedly the biggest football club in Croatia, but Rijeka did well to put an end to their dominance in the HNL in the 2016/2017 season.
The Rijecki bijeli won their first ever domestic trophy and, as a result, they made it to the Champions League qualifiers. However, Greek champions Olympiacos proved to be a big catch for Matjaz Kek’s troops in the play-offs for the group stages of the elite competition.
Before the breakup of Yugoslavia Rijeka won two domestic cups (1977/1978, 1978/1979) and it has to be noted that they clinched their fourth Croatian Cup title in 2017, with the team beating Dinamo Zagreb in the final of the competition. Rijeka welcome their rivals at Stadion Rujevica and the capacity of the stadium is 8.279. The venue was opened in August 2, 2015.