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Rijeka v Hibernian betting tips: Hibs have big chance to progress

| 11.08.2021

Preview and odds for Thursday’s Europa Conference League clash

Hibernian travel to Croatia for a Europa Conference League third qualifying round second-leg tie, as we look at some HNK Rijeka v Hibernian betting tips.

The first leg ended in a 1-1 draw with the home side creating several great chances and Jack Ross’s side will fancy their chances of winning away from home.

The game takes place at the Stadion HNK Rijeka Stadium on Thursday, with a 7.00pm BST kick-off.

Rijeka v Hibernian match odds

Hibernian were much the better side in the first leg at Easter Road and they are 12/5 to win the second leg.

Prince Ampem headed the visitors ahead midway through the second half of a thriller, with Martin Boyle lashing in the equaliser five minutes later for the Edinburgh club.

Had Hibs taken any number of guilt-edge chances, they would go to Croatia with a healthy advantage to defend. Yet the tie and a place against either Irish side Bohemians or Greek side POAK in the play-off round is still up for grabs.

It has been a good start to the season for Hibs, who went into the first leg on the back of a 3-2 win at Motherwell to kick off their Scottish Premiership campaign.

They kept up their 100% domestic record with a 3-0 thumping of Ross County on Sunday, with goals from Boyle, Kyle Magennis and Christian Doidge settling matters within 33 minutes.

Rijeka, on the other hand, were handed a rest with their domestic league game against Lokomotiva Zagreb being postponed with an eye on the second leg.

There is no doubt Rijeka are defensively suspect, as they showed when playing out a 3-3 draw with champions Dinamo Zagreb ahead of the first leg.

Goalkeeper Nediljko Labrovic had to make first-half saves from Boyle, Kevin Nisbet and Jamie Murphy, while the post denied Lewis Stevenson from long range. Hibernian also had a couple  of penalty shouts denied.

Rijeka are 10/11 to win the second leg, while the draw is on offer at 23/10.

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Rijeka v Hibernian head-to-head

It is 8/13 that both sides score again in Rijeka v Hibernian betting tips.

Rijeka have scored in their previous 10 games and it is 7/10 that they score the first goal in the second leg.

Hibernian have scored in their last five competitive games and are 5/1 to win the second leg but concede. Hibernian are 3/4 to win or draw the game on the Double Chance market and it is 3/4 for three or more goals to be scored in the game

Rijeka v Hibernian team news

Nisbet picked up a knock midway through the second half of the first leg and sat out Sunday’s win against Ross County, but he should be available for the second leg.

Rijeka captain Nino Galovic returned to the centre of defence in place of North Macedonia international Darko Velkovski in the first leg and lasted 90 minutes so is expected to lead the side again.

Left-back Andrija Vukcevic, who suffered a nasty clash of heads early on and carried on until 80 minutes when he was replaced, has recovered and is set to start.

Rijeka are 27/10 to win but concede in 90 minutes.

Rijeka v Hibernian key battles

Galovic looked a little unsettled by Hibs’ direct approach and will be tested again by Doidge, Boyle and Magennis.

The visitors have plenty of strength on the bench as Scott Allen and Daniel MacKay showed when combining for a glorious chance late on which was spurned.

The Rejika v Hibernian betting tips odds for the hosts to keep a clean sheet are 15/8, while it is 5/2 that Rejika win to nil.

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All odds and markets correct as of date of publication



Simon Milham