19:00 GMT 07 August 2017
The Osijek vs. Rijeka match will be played on Monday, August 7, at the Gradski vrt Stadium, Osijek. This is the fourth round match of Croatian First League. After three rounds, Osijek is 7th on the table with three points, while Rijeka is 1st at the moment with nine points.
In their past ten games, Rijeka recorded eight victories, while two games ended in a draw. Osijek failed to win 14 games in a row against Rijeka; their last victory came in 2014.
Osijek enjoyed tremendous success in the start of the season, with their run in Europa League qualifiers. First, they eliminated Santa Coloma by 6:0 on aggregate, which was entirely expected, but afterward, they surprised Luzern and beat them by 3:2 on aggregate, while their victory against PSV by 2:0 on aggregate was the biggest upset of the round. In the last qualification round, Osijek will face Austria Wien, and they have a chance to qualify for the Europa League group phase. Osijek recorded three draws in the league so far, and it is clear they are focused on European competition at the moment. Rijeka is traditionally a tough rival for them, and it will be interesting to see how they will handle the pressure.
Latest matches: NK Osijek
|03.08.2017||UEFA||NK Osijek||PSV Eindhoven||1:0||W|
|30.07.2017||1. H||NK Osijek||NK Dinamo Zagreb||1:1||D|
|27.07.2017||UEFA||PSV Eindhoven||NK Osijek||0:1||W|
|23.07.2017||1. H||NK Istra 1961||NK Osijek||1:1||D|
|20.07.2017||UEFA||FC Luzern||NK Osijek||2:1||L|
Rijeka was also successful in the European competition - first, they eliminated The New Saints by 7:1 on aggregate and they surprised Salzburg by eliminating them after scoring an away goal. The result was 1:1. However, they started the domestic season in the best way also and beat all their opponents so far.
Latest matches: HNK Rijeka
|02.08.2017||UEFA||HNK Rijeka||RB Salzburg||0:0||D|
|29.07.2017||1. H||HNK Rijeka||NK Istra 1961||2:0||W|
|26.07.2017||UEFA||RB Salzburg||HNK Rijeka||1:1||D|
|22.07.2017||1. H||HNK Rijeka||NK Rudes||4:1||W|
|18.07.2017||UEFA||The New Saints FC||HNK Rijeka||1:5||W|
Rijeka is certainly a favorite to win this game. We expect at least two goals from them.
07 August 2017 - 19:00 GMT
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