Rijeka vs AEK Athens: Preview and Predictions

Rijeka vs AEK Athens
UEFA Europe League Group-stage – Season 2017/2018
Date: 14th September 2017
Kick off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Stadion HNK Rijeka

The group stage of UEFA Europe League begins on Thursday, and one of the duels is going to take place at Stadion HNK Rijeka, where Rijeka hosts AEK Athens.

Rijeka

Olympiakos eliminated Rijeka from the Champions League in the play-offs round, so they moved down to the group stage of the Europe League. Last year, they were eliminated in the 3rd qualifying round of UEL by Istanbul Basaksehir.

They are coming from their third consecutive win in their national league. Currently, they are the second-ranked team in Croatia.

AEK Athens

AEK Athens entered the group stage of Europe League by defeating Club Brugge in the play-offs round with a combined score of 3 – 0. Last year, they were eliminated in the 3rd qualifying round by Saint-Etienne that won with a combined score of 1 – 0.

They are coming from a clean-sheets win in Greek Super League. They are currently the first ranked. Their defensive line seems to be working great, since they haven’t conceded a goal in the last five matches, across all competitions.

Rijeka vs AEK Athens: Head to head

This is going to be their first head to head encounter ever.

Rijeka vs AEK Athens: Prediction

Even though Olympiakos eliminated them from UCL, Rijeka nevertheless performed well, since they managed to score a goal in Greece. In this fixture, although they are not highly regarded as favourites, we believe they will be able to take all the advantages of the home turf. Also, less than three goals in total are to be expected in the match.

Rijeka vs AEK Athens: Bets

Rijeka to win @ 1.50 – Bet 365

Total goals under 2.5 @ 2.15 – William Hill