Rijeka vs Salzburg
Champions League Third qualifying round
Date: Wednesday, 2nd August 2017
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadion HNK Rijeka (Rijeka).
Rijeka put themselves in a strong position for the second leg fixture against Salzburg after holding firm to get out with a 1-1 draw from Austria. It was the inform Mario Gavranovic who gave the Croats an early lead in the game which was canceled out by a second half strike from young Korean forward Hee-Chan Hwang.
The result summarizes Rijeka’s excellent start to the 2017/18 campaign. They are unbeaten in 5 games with 4 wins and a draw, scoring 14 goals against 3 conceded.
On top of all these, Rijeka haven’t lost a competitive game at home in two season. The last team to do this was Aberdeen, who earned a 3-0 win in the Europa League qualifiers on 16th July 2015.
However, Salzburg boast of a strong away record in the competition in recent season. And it is too early to rule them out of this contest. Carrying over from last season, the Austrians are unbeaten in four away games with 3 wins and a draw. They also kept 3 cleans sheets in the process.
Rijeka vs Salzburg: Head-to-head
The first leg of the corresponding tie ended in a 1-1 stalemate is the lone meeting between Rijeka and Salzburg.
Rijeka vs Salzburg: Prediction
This is expected to be a cat and mouse game with the teams vary of each others strengths. Also, none of these two teams can be considered as clear favourites to win this contest outright.
The form is on Rijeka’s side and they are unbeaten in all competitions this season. But Salzburg come with the better experience of having played in similar situations. Therefore, this match has the potential to end in a 1-1 draw or one of the teams edging this by a narrow 1-goal margin.
Rijeka vs Salzburg: Bet Tips
Both Teams to Score at 1.83 by Bet365.
Over 1.5 goal in the first half priced at 1.44 is a banker.