HNK Rijeka vs AEK Athens
Competition: UEFA Europa League
Date: 14th September 2017
Kick-off: 19:00 CET
Venue: Stadion HNK Rijeka
After getting eliminated by Olympiakos Piraeus in the UEFA Champions League playoffs, HNK Rijeka are facing another Greek team, another club that failed in the UEFA Champions League qualifying rounds. It all started out great for Rijeka against Olympiakos, they took the lead in Piraeus, in the first leg, but they ended up losing that match in added time, and not just that, they lost at home as well. Last season they got eliminated in the Europa League qualifying rounds, by Istanbul Basaksehir. Ever since then, they won the championship in Croatia, the Cup as well, so playing group stage football will be just awesome for them, even if it’s not Champions League. Last weekend they beat Cibalia 7-0(!), their third consecutive victory in Croatia’s championship, where they are now sitting second in the table, four points behind leaders Dinamo Zagreb.
AEK Athens left a lot to be desired against CSKA Moscow in the third qualifying round of the Champions League. They lost both games, looking way below average. Somehow, against Club Brugge, in the Europa League playoffs, they found it in them to remind their fans of the team that did great (generally “speaking”) last season. Goalless draw in Belgium, resounding 3-0 win in Athens, and AEK are back to the Europa League group stage, where they haven’t competed since 2011 (having spent time in Greece’s lower divisions as well since then). Last weekend they thrashed AEL Larissa 4-0 at home, and are now one of the three co-leaders, on seven points from three matches.
Previous five matches:
Rijeka vs Cibalia 7-0
Inter Zapresic vs Rijeka 1-3
Rijeka vs Olympiakos 0-1
Rijeka vs Lokomotiva Zagreb 2-1
Olympiakos vs Rijeka 2-1
AEK Athens vs AEL Larissa 4-0
PAS Giannina vs AEK Athens 0-0
AEK Athens vs Club Brugge 3-0
AEK Athens vs Panetolikos 2-0
Club Brugge vs AEK Athens 0-0
Rijeka’s next game is on Sunday at Hajduk Split (Croatia Prva Liga). Same day, AEK will be visiting Lamia (Greece Super League).
HNK Rijeka vs AEK Athens: Head to head Stats
This is the first game ever between these two.
HNK Rijeka vs AEK Athens: Prediction
I’m glad to see AEK considered such outsiders to win the game, because it makes their double chance pay better than what I expected.
HNK Rijeka vs AEK Athens: Betting Tips
AEK’s double chance pays a decent 1.70. Between a draw and a win of the Greek team, I feel draw is much more probable, it’s at 3.10 betting odds, which goes even higher if you combine it with under 2.5 total goals.
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