Competition: UEFA Europa League
Fixture: Aberdeen v Rijeka
Date: Thursday July 23, 2015
Venue: Pottodrie Stadium
Kick off time: 19:45 hrs BST
Aberdeen need to negotiate Rijeka in the second leg of their Europa League qualifiers in order to proceed further in the qualifiers for the Europa League. The hosts have a 3-0 aggregate lead from the first leg.
Aberdeen’s form: W-D-D-W-W
The hosts have won a couple of games in succession now coming into this game. Their last competitive fixture was the first leg of this tie which they won 3-0 away from home last week.
Prior to that game, Aberdeen recorded a win over Raith Rovers in the league and a home win over Saint Johnstone either side of a couple of successive drawn games against KF Skhendija in the European qualifiers.
Rijeka’s form: W-W-D-L-D
Rijeka are coming into this game on the backs of a 3-3 home draw in the league against NK Slaven Belupo Koprivnica. The first leg of this tie was played prior to that game and the visitors had also drawn a blank against NK Inter Zapresic.
The visitors won a couple of games in succession prior to the Zapresic game with big wins over Rudar and Sarajevo in the league.
Key Players and Team News
Aberdeen: Even though Adam Rooney did not score in the first leg, the Irishman will be a real handful for the opposition in this upcoming game. The striker will look to get his season up and running following a move in the off-season.
Rijeka: 26-year-old Slovenian striker Roman Bezjak will be their biggest hope on Thursday as the man who has 2 goals in 2 games this season looks to perform a rescue act.
Rijeka are in deep trouble in the tie and the quantum of Aberdeen’s aggregate lead will play heavily in their minds. While the hosts will play without pressure and in front of their home fans, the visitors have to deal with all the pressure in the world.
I expect them to implode and Aberdeen are great value to secure a win at odds of 3.2 with bet365.