Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
All eyes will be on Stadion HNK Rijeka when Rijeka and Hibernian face each other in the Europa Conference League third qualifying round, return leg. The two teams played out a 1-1 draw at Easter Road a week ago, and yet another close encounter is on the cards. Rijeka left-back Andrija Vukcevic picked up a knock in the first leg, but the Montenegro international should be fit for Thursday’s clash.
The Rijecki bijeli are tough to beat at home, but the game against Hibernian will be anything but a walk in the park for the hosts. The Hibs came from behind to share the spoils with Rijeka in Edinburgh, with the team keeping their playoffs hopes alive. As previously mentioned, yet another close match is on the cards, and we believe that punters can find value in betting on draw. Defender Sean Mackie should be the only absentee in the away team.
Highlighted Player (Jackson Irvine):
Romell Quioto is a pacey winger who plays for both Houston Dynamo and the Honduras national football team. Quioto was born in Balfate (Honduras) on August 9, 1991 and he played for Union Ajax during his youth career. The Honduras striker started his senior career at Vida and it has to be noted that he scored 20 goals in 77 appearances in the league for the club.
In 2012 he was sent on loan to Polish club Wisla Krakow, but he played no more than nine games for The White Star in Ekstraklasa. Romell Quioto then took a step forward in his career as he signed a contract with famous Honduras club Olimpia. After scoring 38 goals in 96 league fixtures for the capital club the 180-cm-tall attacker decided to taste MLS football.
Quioto moved to Houston Dynamo in December, 2016 and he has been playing for the Major League Soccer club ever since. Speaking of his international debut, Romell Quioto received his first call-up for Honduras on February 29, 2012 for a friendly game against Ecuador.
Highlighted Team (Hibernian):
Founded in August 1875, Hibernian are the Scottish Premier League team that play home matches at Easter Road. The capacity of the venue is 20,421, and it was opened in 1893. The Hibs wear light green shirts with white sleeves and white shorts in home matches, while light grey is the dominant colour of their away kit.
Hibernian clinched their first Scottish league trophy back in the 1902/03 season, and they were the dominant force in Scottish football in the early 50s, securing three titles more from 1948 to 1952. The Easter Road outfit recorded their biggest win on September 3, 1881, with the team rolling over Black Watch Highlanders 22-1.
In February 1961, the Hibs suffered the biggest defeat in the club's history as they were beaten by Airdrie 11-1. Hibernian and Hearts face each other in the Edinburgh derby. The rivalry between the two clubs is considered one of the oldest rivalries in world football.