Rijeka vs Servette (By: Dajkula)
In Albufeira, Portugal Rijeka will play a friendly match with the leading team of the Swiss Challenge League – Servette. Rijeka is, of course, the favorite but not an overwhelming one. Rijeka is the third team of the Croatian HNL 1 and their season hasn`t been the best. Things have picked up however with the installment of coach Biscan and Rijeka went on a great run of 7 winning matches. Among the beaten teams were second Osijek, fourth Lokomotiva and first Dinamo. Biscan definitely knows what he is doing and the team fights with spirit and gives a big focus on defense. So Rijeka had a great run before the break and we will see if they can continue. Most of the team remains the same though there is some talk the striker Hever will be leaving in this transfer window.
Rijeka played one friendly here and lost to Wolfsburg 0:3. The result is demoralizing but not really fair. Rijeka had great chances in the first half and should have scored. With some sloppy defending and a big deal of luck, Wolfsburg scored those 3 goals but they really shouldn`t have. Rijeka played well but also played with two different teams giving chance to everyone.
Servette is leading the second Swiss league but it is far from a done deal. Servette played in the first flight some 7 seasons ago and it has been a long wait. They may succeed this year but they really don`t have some big quality. Servette has been playing a lot of friendlies in the past 2 seasons and they haven`t had some great results. From the last 15 friendlies, they managed to beat the low league Swiss sides like Stade Nyonnais and Vevey Sports and struggled against the others. Servette lost to the likes of Lausanne Ouchy, Nantes, Sochaux, Nice, Sion, Stade Nyonnais, drew with Mattersburg.
In Albufeira, Servette played one match against the third division side of Olhanense and only drew 1:1.
Rijeka, besides the loss to Wolfsburg, has good results from the last friendlies. They beat the likes of Maribor, Spartak Moscow, Zilina. They have 3 times the budget of Seevette and for sure a better team.
I expect Rijeka to win this match, even though it is a friendly.
Rijeka vs Servette prediction
|Rijeka||Pinnacle||1.98||8||3-1 WON (+7.84 units)|