Europa League / HNK Rijeka vs Aberdeen – This could be one of more uncertain matches of the Europa League third qualifying round. Rijeka only now enters the fray but it triumphed in first three rounds of the Croatian first league. Aberdeen has passed to weaker obstacles in the Europa League and started the new season in the Scottish Championship with a victory. The two teams met in qualifications of the Europa League 2014 and then Aberdeen had an upper hand.
Game HNK Rijeka vs Aberdeen begins 08.08.2019 at 20:00 CET
Rijeka started its European journey against old acquaintances whom they don’t remember by good, since in 2015 they lost to Aberdeen at home by even 3-0. Now, the situation is different and Rijeka is more experienced and stronger than then, while on top of it they started well the Croatian championship. They lost the Super Cup to champion Dinamo, which they defeated in the Cup’s final last season. Rijeka didn’t exactly make a name for itself in first three championship rounds and they struggled to win Varazdin, Lokomotiva and Slaven Belupo. It was particularly difficult against Lokomotiva, against which they scored the only goal in the injury time.
Probable lineups HNK Rijeka: Prskalo – Kvrzic, Zuparic, Puncec, Tomecak – Lepinjica, Halilovic, Pavicic – Muric, Loncar – Colak
Aberdeen finished in the fourth place in the Scottish Championship and then qualified for the Europa League after going through the play-off. They had to start from the first qualifying round and that is why they have already played four European matches. They won Finnish RoPS both time by 2-1, then they drew away with Georgian Chikhura 1-1 and resolved everything with sound 5-0 at home. Good start of the new season was victory over Hearts in the first round, although Aberdeen had plenty of problems as well. Forward Crosgrove is in great form, and it is questionable whether stopper McKenna will play or not since he is the process of leaving the club.
Probable lineups Aberdeen: Lewis – Logan, Considine, Campbell, Leigh – Ferguson, Ojo – Galagher, Hedges, McGinn – Crosgrove
Betting Pick: HNK Rijeka vs Aberdeen
Rijeka started well the new season but its rivals were weaker than Aberdeen, which also plays well these days. Both teams easily receive goals but they score them with equal ease, which is why we forecast a match in which we will see goals on both sides of the pitch.
Pick: Both teams to score
Odds: 2.10 at bet365 (down to 2.00 can be played)
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