Rijeka vs Sarpsborg
Europa League Qualifying – 3rd Round 2nd Leg
Date: Thursday, 16 August 2018
Kick-off at 18:30 UK/ 19:30 CET
Venue: Stadion HNK (Rijeka).
Rijeka vs Sarpsborg Analysis from Prediction
Late goals lit up the first leg clash between Rijeka and Sarpsborg, still the tie is wide open as they resume at 1-1.
Rijeka are looking for back-to-back group stage appearance at the competition, comes with a good account of themselves in home matches.
Matjaz Kek and his boys will be confident of a positive result on Thursday with the team starting the domestic league with a 3 match unbeaten run. They scored at least once in each of the four competitive games so far this season.
European debutants Sarpsborg have plenty of competitive games behind them on the background of this tie and sit just 6 points adrift of the league leaders in the Norwegian Eliteserien table after 18 rounds.
They introduced themselves to Europa League with wins over Swiss side St. Gallen and Icelandic club Vestmannaeyjar and so far scored in each of the games in the competition.
My main take away from the analysis is the scoring prowess of either sides, which makes things tricky in the second leg at Stadion HNK.
Rijeka are priced as heavy favorites to win this one and I am afraid, bookies are underestimating Sarpsborg. The Norwegian new boys can play some fearless football, do have the strikers to breach any defense.
Rijeka-Sarpsborg Betting Tips
Both teams to Score at 1/1 (2.00)
Sarpsborg +1.5 Asian Handicap 2/3 @ (1.68).
Rijeka vs Sarpsborg Head-to-head
The teams haven’t had the chance to meet prior to the first leg of this corresponding Europa League tie last week.
Rijeka vs Sarpsborg Preview
Rijeka are aiming for the back-to-back group stage appearance this year. After a decent effort in a rather complicated group with Milan, Austria Vienna and AEK Athens, the Croatian fans are optimistic regarding their team’s chances in the third qualifying round this term.
The opposition in Rijeka’s inaugural game in the new season of the competition comes in Sarpsborg, a team that made a fairytale run in Norway last season.
Sarpsborg have a much scarcer experience in continental competitions, but they will definitely represent a strong test for Matjaz Kek and his side here.
Geir Bakke’s troops will head into the game high on confidence after winning five of last six games across competitions.
They’ve been enjoying a stellar attacking form along the way and Rijeka will have to be very careful if they are to avoid troubles.