Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Rijeka play host to B36 Torshavn at their Stadion HNK Rijeka in the second leg of the Conference League third qualifying round. The Rijecki Bijeli have been scoring goals for fun of late and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Talented forward Franjo Ivanovic should continue to lead the line for the hosts after scoring five goals in total in the previous three games in all competitions. There are no fresh injury worries in the home team ahead of Thursday’s encounter.
The Faroe Islands outfit, aim to register a historical comeback in the tie with Rijeka, but seeing that the Croats have turned their stadium into a real fortress, anything but a routine home win would be a big surprise. Sergej Jakirovic’s troops won the first leg (3-1) without any difficulties and we predict that they are going to repeat the success.
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.