FC Copenhagen vs Rijeka
UEFA Europa League
Date: Thursday, 1 October 2020
Kick-Off at 19.00 UK
Venue: Telia Parken, Copenhagen.
FC Copenhagen have lost dominance in Denmark Superligaen and fell short in the title race to Midtjylland. Fans will have to satisfy with Europa League participation, but expecting nothing less than to reach the group stages.
The final obstacle on that path is Croatian side NK Rijeka who have decent experience when it comes to playing European matches. They even reached playoffs of this competition a couple of years ago, so this should be an interesting contest.
As expected, hosts are labelled as favorites at 1.66 odds.
FC Copenhagen vs Rijeka Head-to-head
There were no previous head to head meetings between FC Copenhagen and NK Rijeka in the past.
FC Copenhagen vs Rijeka Prediction
FC Copenhagen had one of the worst starts when it comes to domestic Superligaen in club’s recent history. They have collected only one point from the opening three games, losing to OB Odense and Brondby FC in the first two appearances.
The Lions were unable to beat newcomers to the top tier league Vejle during the weekend too, with that match ending without a winner 2-2 FT.
Problem with the back line and keeping a clean sheet is obvious here. Copenhagen defeated IFK Goteborg in the second round of qualifiers 2-1, followed by more dominant performance and easier 3-0 win against Piast Gliwice.
As for their opposition, Rijeka also had a shaky start in domestic HNL league. They are currently 6th with six points from four matches.
Performance whether they play away or at home is drastically different. Rijeka have lost three out of the last five matches on the road. Even home Europa League win against Kolos was secured in the extra-time, so their form is obviously not that great.
This said, we are expecting hosts to advance to the group stages with a win in regular time. Besides that, both teams enjoy attacking football, so Over 2.5 FT will do as a nice alternative.
FC Copenhagen vs Rijeka Bet Tips
Home win @ 1.66
Over 2.5 goals @ 2.07.