HNK Rijeka v AC Milan Betting Tips & Odds – 07/12/17

HNK Rijeka v AC Milan Betting Tips & Odds – 07/12/17

HNK Rijeka v AC Milan Betting Tips & Odds

In our HNK Rijeka v AC Milan betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Overview

Gennaro Guttuso’s AC Milan look to end their stint in the Europa League group stages on a high on Thursday evening, as they take on Matjaz Kek’s HNK Rijeka at the Stadion Rujevica. HNK Rijeka are stuck at the bottom of Group D and are the only side that are completely out of the tournament without question, with the two sides above them capable of fighting it out for that all-important second place position. AC Milan are in the polar opposition situation to the side they face, enjoying being already qualified for the next round of the tournament, where they sit clear of second place by a hefty four point lead. Their new manager is yet to win at the helm though, so will be up for a glorious three points to finish the group in the best way possible. The first meeting between these two sides resulted as a 3-2 victory for Milan.

Nikola Kalinic will have come up against Rijeka back when he was starting out at Hajduk Split

Rijeka are stuck at the bottom of Group D and are unable to qualify

It would be more than fair to say that HNK Rijeka have caused the least impact in Group D, sat bottom with a mere four points taken, winning one and drawing one of the four games they’ve played. Many would expect that they’d focused primarily on efforts back in their respective league but sitting fourth has shown that to be anything but the truth, with a massive fifteen point gap leaving them a lengthy distance from the top spot. The Croatian first division is far more competitive than it looks on the off-set, with Dinamo Zagreb and Hajduk Split battling for the title in most seasons, and sides like Rijeka being a usually worth outsider.

With Matjaz Kek at the helm, HNK Rijeka proved that the league wasn’t all based around the two usual suspects, as they scooped an against-the-odds title win, but that’s not been the sort of form they’ve seen this season. Kicking off their Europa League campaign with a 2-1 defeat at home to AEK Athens was a poor way to start proceedings, then playing the same side they face here, where they lost by three goals to two after putting up an almost worthy fight on foreign soil. Rijeka then recorded their one and only win the group, beating Austria Wien by three goals to nil away from home but seeing it thwarted by a 4-1 defeat to the same guy in their second meeting. Their last game resulted as a 2-2 draw with AEK Athens, confirming their failure to make it to the next round.

Araujo dos Santos Heber is top scorer for Rijeka in the Croatian first division, netting eight times

Gennaro Gattuso looks for his first win after embarrassment on Sunday

The current campaign has seen plenty of disappoint for AC Milan, who were expected to be up there challenging for the Serie A title but haven’t been anywhere close. Their new owners invested a mass of funds into their squad, with hopes of significantly strengthening their squad back to that of former glory. Instead, The Rossoneri now sit ninth, with remaining in the top half coming as their main objective ahead of their original hopes of pressing for the top spot. Vincenzo Montella had been their best manager since the glory days ended around half a decade ago, but he failed to reach their new heights, leading to his sacking last week, where former midfielder Gennaro Gattuso took his place.

Last weekend saw another upset for Milan, who were leading against newly-promoted Benevento, who are yet to pick up a point since finding promotion, but scored in stoppage time to take their first point again Milan. Even more shockingly, it was their goalkeeper that scored the all-important equaliser, which pretty much sums up the resilience and luck of AC Milan in past seasons. Gattuso continues to look for his first win and losing his opening game at the helm. The Europa League has been a place where Milan could truly dominate, scoring three and drawing two of five games to go unbeaten and scoop an early qualification to the next round, but keeping momentum up will be their task in hand.

Giacomo Bonaventura scored the opener but eventually saw his side drew 2-2 with pointless Benevento

Check out the Benevento’s shocking equaliser against Milan HERE

Odds

If you want to get behind HNK Rijeka to get a massive win on home soil, they’re priced up at odds of 23/10 on BetVictor. If you could see this game ending as a draw, odds of 12/5 are available on SkyBet. If you’d rather back AC Milan to come out on top, they’re given odds of 6/5 on Betway.

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AC Milan to win (Best priced at 6/5 on Betway) – BET HERE

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Andre Silva to score anytime (Best priced at 19/10 on BetVictor) – BET HERE

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