Olimpija Ljubljana vs Rigas FS (By: Isaiah)
NK Olimpija Ljubljana didn't manage to be more convincing in the title battle against Maribor, losing it with nine points difference. However, the team got their revenge in the finals of the Slovenian Cup late in May winning against their rivals 2:1.
The team didn't change much in the transfer window, signing central defender Sme from Maribor, also striker Vukusic from Krsko and getting some players on loan. Offensive midfielder Kronavetar left them for Maribor, while left-back Stiglec signed for Slask Wroclaw.
They started off the preparations with a 2:1 loss to far more reputable Dinamo Zagreb, also a draw against Tuzla City 2:2, while the side has won last Saturday night against Partizan 1:0 confirming the quality of their pre-season so far.
RFS has their season underway in Latvia and that might be one of their positive points ahead of this clash. The team has played nineteen matches into the new season, being currently at the second position with four points less than first placed Riga FC.
They come from a 2:0 victory over Jelgava at home, which is an improvement considering they had two back to back losses late in June. The side plays significantly weaker on the road in Optibet Virsliga (20 points earned at home comparing to 14 on the road).
Latvian side changed a lot during the last weeks and also comparing to previous Latvian season. The quality seems to be about the same. However, some of their more influential players have left the club.
Olimpija already showed their firm defensive lineup against Partizan and really solid competitive form so early in the season. RFS remains very home oriented side and has problems making up the play and being more aggressive on the road even in their own league. The Slovenian side should take significant advantage ahead of the second leg here.
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Olimpija Ljubljana vs Rigas FS betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Isaiah).