Champions League – Qualifiers
start: 20:45 (GMT+2)
game of a new champion of Croatia during these Champions League
qualifiers is amazing. The final two-matches winning over the first
opponent (TNS, Wales with a devastating score 7:1 (2:0 and 5:1)) was
rather predicted. But the winning over Salzburg, Austria – 1:1 (1:1
and 0:0) is really great.
now, the Croatian fairy tale is coming to its end according to the
experts and football analytics.
Croatia (the head coach Matjaž Kek)
three opening victories in a row over Slaven (2:0), Rudeš (4:1) and
Istra (2:0) two defeats in a row had happened – Osijek (0:1) and its
main opponent in the battle for a new champions title Dinamo Zagreb
(0:2). This match was played at home arena of Rijeka. It is obvious,
that simultaneous participation in two tournaments is very exhausting
for the team.
Piraeus, Greece (the head coach Besnik Hasi)
what is more important, this time the champion of Croatia had no luck
with the draw procedure. As Olympiacos is the opponent of absolutely
different game level, that has devastated not very weak Partizan,
Serbia during previous round – 5:3 (3:1 and 2:2).
the beginning of the current qualification campaign all experts noted
that Rijeka and Partizan are the teams of an equal game level. And
now, according to a draw, both champions will be the opponents of the
super club from Greece each after each.
first meeting of the teams of Besnik Hasi and Matjaž Kek will be
held in Piraeus. And this factor means that before the return leg in
Croatia Rijeka will have only theoretical chances to enter the group
– 1.55, draw – 4.00, Rijeka –7.00;
to win – odds 1.62 Pinnacle