Our football match prediction:
Rijeka failed to book their place in the Champions League, but they are still in the race for a place in the knockout stages of the Europa League. The Rijeci bijeli kicked off their Europa League campaign with back-to-back losses to the likes of AEK Athens and Milan, but they proved their worth in a 3-1 win over Austria Wien. Matjaz Kek’s men aim to record yet another win over Austria Wien and they are likely to go all guns blazing at the Violets when the two teams face each other at Stadion HNK Rijeka. The Austrian side have been struggling to find their best form in the Europa League group stages and we do not believe that they are capable of shocking the Croatian champions. Rijeka are more of a team than Austria Wien and we predict that they are going to pick up all three points from Thursday’s football match.
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 (Austria Vienna):
Austria Wien are an Austrian football club that was founded in March, 1911. Thirteen years later the Violets won their first Austrian Bundesliga title, finishing the season four points clear of fellow capital club First Vienna. Speaking of the club’s recent trophies, Austria Wien clinched their 24th domestic title in 2013, while lifting their 27th Austrian Cup trophy in 2009. The club’s bitterest rivals are Rapid Wien and the teams face each other in the Wien derby. Austria Wien are regarded as a middle-class club, while Rapid’s supporters mostly come from the city’s working class. Speaking of the club’s European success, the Violets participated in the European Cup Winners’ Cup in 1978, losing to Anderlecht in the title game. Austria Wien welcome their rivals at Franz Horr Stadium, the venue that has been the home ground of the club since 1973. The stadium’s current capacity is 13 400. The club’s colours are violet and white, but they often play their away games in red kits.