AZ Alkmaar vs Rijeka Prediction & Tips
2nd day of the Europa League!
AZ Alkmaar, tied for second last year on points with Ajax, could have had great regrets to finish in this place, so close to the title. With the end of the championship, a white season was announced and therefore no title awarded. The start of the year is more “bizarre”, with 5 draws in 5 league games. In the European Cup, AZ did a great job, winning the Napoli 0-1 in the opener.
Rijeka, 3rd in the Croatian championship last year, is this season 4th after 6 games played (and 1 or 2 games behind the other clubs), and is therefore starting again on the same basis as last year. After a third qualifying round won without a hitch, the club achieved the feat of eliminating Copenhagen in the play-offs, and therefore playing these group stages with a first match lost against Real Sociedad.
AZ Alkmaar finished 2nd (of 18) at Eredivisie’s home last year with 10 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses.
Alkmaar scored 32 goals and conceded 8 in 13 home league games last year. Which made it the second best attack as well as the best defense!
Rijeka finished 2nd (out of 10) in the Croatian away league last year with 9 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses.
Rijeka scored 26 goals and conceded 21 in 18 away league games last year. Which made it the second best attack!
Conclusion AZ Alkmaar – HNK Rijeka
The AZ should logically secure a second victory in two games after their feat in Italy and take a very big step towards qualifying for the round of 16. Victory for the AZ Alkmaar!
AZ Alkmaar – Rijeka FREE TIPS
AZ Alkmaar – Win @ 2.25
Both teams to score / YES @ 1.80
Over 2.5 Goals @ 1.90