Rijeka vs Austria Vienna
UEFA Europa League
Date: 2nd November 2017
Kick off at 18:00 UK/ 19:00 CET
Venue: Stadion HNK Rijeka (Rijeka).
Rijeka produced by far the best performance of the season to grab their first points of the campaign two weeks ago in Vienna.
Can they repeat a wonderful display against the same opposition this Thursday when they host the Austrians in the fourth round of the competition?
Matjaz Kek was proud of his team’s magnificent display, but the Slovenian manager failed to take advantage of the momentum as the team lost back-to-back derbies in the domestic league to the likes of Osijek and Dinamo.
Kek’s main concern are connected to the defense which allowed plenty of space to the top-half rivals in 1. HNL.
Saturday’s loss to Dinamo at Maksimir was actually the third on the trot in the league for the reigning champions who are nine points behind the main threat to their crown after 14 rounds.
Things have not been much better as of late for Austria either since the visitors will enter this one on the back of four losses and a draw in last five games in all competitions.
On the bright side, Thorsten ink’s men have ended the four-loss run on Saturday, but a 2-2 draw at LASK Linz can hardly be regarded as a success for the fourth-placed team in Bundesliga.
Rijeka vs Austria Vienna: Head to head
Prior to the clash in the Austrian capital, the two likes have not had the chance to meet each other.
It was Mario Gavranovic who made the difference by netting a brace within the opening half-hour of the game at Ernst-Happel-Stadion as Austria never came back from a two-goal deficit until the end.
Rijeka vs Austria Vienna: Prediction
The Croatian champions should be favourites in front of their fans, but we certainly can’t take the 1.44 odds for the home win since the gulf in quality between the two sides is just not that big.
Both teams have been fairly easy to break down lately and the BTTS pick just has to be the way to go here.
Rijeka vs Austria Vienna: Bet Tips
The first bet is BTTS at the odds of 1.80.
The value-seekers will fancy Austria Vienna Over 1.5 Team Goals at the odds of 4.33.
All Odds courtesy of 888Sport
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