Rijeka and Gent measure forces in Nogometno igralište Rujevica, in a return match for this phase of the UEFA Europa League (Play-offs), after the victory at Gent’s home by (2‑1) in the first leg. In this match the home factor may be decisive, since the Rijeka presents considerable differences in its results at home and as a visitor.
The home team comes to this second leg with a 1 goal disadvantage, but with the advantage of having scored 1 goal as a visitor in the first leg. This is a stronger team with the support of his fans, since in the last 30 games he has 6 wins, 1 draw and 8 losses as a visitor, with 22 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 10 games played at home for all competitions, Rijeka won 8 and drew 2. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 games, so his defense needs to improve, but his attack has marked regularly , as he scored goals in 8 of the last 10 games. This is a team that usually scores many times first: he opened the scoring in 7 of his last 9 games, of these 7 he came to the break in advantage in 4 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 5.
Rijeka comes to this match after a 2-1 loss to Gent, however, his goal as a visitor allows him to dream of the group stage of the Europa League: Halilovic scored the only goal of the team. In this second match, coach Igor Biscan must present a more cautious strategy, seeking counterattacks to create danger. Zoran Kvrzic and Halilovic are some of Rijeka’s best players this season. For this game, the house coach can count on all his players.
The away team comes to this second leg with an advantage of 1 goal, but suffered 1 goal at home in the first leg. 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 its last 10 away games, Gent records 5 wins, 3 draws and 2 losses. His defense has not been very solid, since he suffered goals in 4 of the last 5 games, but his attack has scored regularly, since he scored at least one goal in each of the last 5 games for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 56 of their last 63 matches have ended with Over 1.5 goals. This is a team that usually scores many times first: he opened the scoring in 8 of his last 9 games, of these 8 he came to rest in advantage in 4 and managed to maintain the advantage until the end of the 90 ‘in 4.
Gent comes to this motivated match, after a 2-1 victory in the first match against Rijeka, in a match in which Depoitre scored both goals. Despite playing away from home, coach Jess Thorup should keep his tactical system at 4-4-2, favoring a more dominant style of play, especially in the first half. Yaremchuk and Depoitre are the most prominent Gent players this year: both are very powerful and strong in the finalization. For this match, the coach cannot count on the injured Chakvetadze.