Gent and Rijeka face in GHELAMCO ‑ arena, in a match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Play-offs). These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this match the home factor may be decisive, since the Rijeka presents considerable differences in its results at home and as a visitor.
Until reaching this stage of the UEFA Europa League (Play-offs), the home team eliminated: AEK Larnaca and Viitorul. This is a team that presents similar results at home and abroad, so it is not usually affected by the home factor, since in the last 30 matches it records 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses as a visitor; against 9 wins and 6 losses in his stadium. In the last match he played, for the Pro League, he won the KV Oostende at home by (2‑0). In his last 10 home games, Gent records 7 wins and 3 losses. His defense has not been very solid, since he suffered goals in 3 of the last 4 games, but his attack has scored regularly, since he scored at least one goal in each of the last 4 games for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 21 of the last 29 matches have ended with Over 2.5 goals.
Despite being aware of the difficulties, the Gent will not want to be eliminated and hopes to get two good performances in the next games. What needs to be done is not a mystery, but if it will be done correctly it is difficult to say. No doubt enter the field with enthusiasm and attitude, all to have a perfect performance. Having the advantage in the tie is crucial at this time, especially because it will decide the qualification away from home in the second leg. In this match, the best players available will be on the field.
The visiting team reaches this stage of the UEFA Europa League (Play-offs) after having eliminated Aberdeen, with a win by (0-2) and a victory by (2-0) at home in the previous tie. This is a stronger team with the support of his fans, since in the last 30 games he has 7 wins, 1 draw and 7 losses as a visitor, with 25 goals scored and 21 suffered; against 11 wins, 3 draws and 1 defeat in his stadium, with 34 goals scored and 10 suffered. In the last game he played, for 1. HNL, he tied with Osijek at home by (1‑1). In its last 10 away matches, Rijeka records 5 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses. His defense has not been very solid, since he suffered goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, but his attack has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 26 of the last 29 matches have ended with Over 1.5 goals and 19 out of 29 have ended with Over 2.5 goals.
Rijeka will be in the field for the third time in the current edition of the Europa League. In the previous phase he eliminated Aberdeen and now comes with more determination to stay alive in the competition. He must correct some mistakes and play better, because his opponent is theoretically more qualified and will demand a lot from himself. This team may end up eliminated, but wants to play well in both games to avoid it. So, in this first leg he will do everything possible to gain an advantage in the tie, despite being aware of the difficulties. In this match, the best players available will be on the field.