Our prediction for this Europa League match:
Copenhagen and Rijeka go head to head at Parken Stadium in what is expected to be a close encounter. Copenhagen have been producing fine displays in the Europa League qualifiers, with the team beating the likes of Goteborg and Piast Gliwice on their way to the playoffs. The Danish champions did well to sign Kamil Wilczek in the summer transfer window, and the Polish attacker, who found the net in the 3rd qualifying round, is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Rijeka, on the other hand, booked their place in the Europa League playoffs thanks to a 2-0 extra-time win over Kolos Kovalivka. The Croats are tough to beat at home, but seeing that they often struggle on the travels in European competitions, we are tempted to put our money on the in-form Danes this time out. The likes of Boilesen and Thomsen are likely to miss the game with injury for the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Nicklas Bendtner):
Over the years Nicklas Bendtner has established himself as one of the best Danish footballers. The 194-cm tall striker, who is very good in the air, started his senior career at Arsenal and he scored his first goal at the Emirates Stadium in a pre-season match against Paris Saint-Germain.
Nicklas Bendtner scored 24 goals in 108 appearances for Arsene Wenger’s troops in the English top flight and after ending his loan spells with the likes of Birmingham City, Sunderland and Juventus, he moved to Germany in the summer of 2014 and signed a three-year deal with Wolfsburg. Bendtner made his Bundesliga debut on August 30, coming as a substitute in a 2-2 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt. After spending two seasons at Wolfsburg, the Denmark international joined Championship side Nottingham Forest on September 7, 2016.
Nicklas Bendtner, though, made only 15 appearances in the English second tier for the Reds and it has to be noted that he scored two goals for the City Ground outfit in the 2016/2017 season. In March 2017 the Danish attacker signed a contract with Norwegian side Rosenborg for an undisclosed fee. Nicklas Bendtner represented Denmark at the 2010 FIFA World Cup and he score one goal for the Danes at the showpiece tournament in South Africa.
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.