One of the last appearances today in Europa League, round 1 of the group phase will take place in Portugal on the ground in Victoria Guimaraes, where will move one of the strongest teams in the debut season in Croatia, Rijeka.
Guimaraes is clearly on the rise, is presenting this match after three consecutive victories in all competitions, even without receiving blank. Lusitania, Portugal Cup holders had a good opportunity to start this season to further grab a trophy, but definitely lost the Super Cup with FC Porto, 0-3. After a difficult time in the off season, we can now say that the home team has a solid defense, with no goal conceded in the last three games, although the opponents did not meet the mark.
Rijeka on the other hand, as I said, is one of the strongest teams in Croatia and beyond. After Stuttgart eliminated it from play-off Europa League, the visiting team is now taken seriously by all opponents. Rijeka has played no less than 15 matches in the current season, yet knowing the taste of defeat. Guests have three successes and two draws in the last five games, scoring a total of eight times and received four goals. It remains to be seen whether the series matches unbeaten Croats will continue after this trip.