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Hibernian vs Rijeka Predictions & Tips - Back a Draw and BTTS in Europa Conference League Qualifier

  • Hibernian vs Rijeka predictions for Thursday’s UEFA Europa Conference League qualifier
  • The first leg being played at 7:45 pm BST at Easter Road
  • Hibernian are winless in 3 of their last 5 home matches
  • Can Rijeka continue their good form and hold Hibs at Easter Road?
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Hibernian have seen BTTS in 5 of their last 6 matches (Getty Images)
Alex Waite 05 Aug 2021
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Hibernian vs Rijeka Predictions


Hibernian and Rijeka have started their respective seasons in fine form. Both sides have scored and conceded regularly, so I am backing a draw and BTTS in the first leg. 
  • Hibernian vs Rijeka Predictions
  • Head-to-Head
  • Hibernian Form
  • Hibernian Injuries & Team News
  • Rijeka Form 
  • Rijeka Injuries & Team News
  • Hibernian vs Rijeka Live Stream FAQ

  • Hibernian are winless in 3 of their last 5 home matches (all competitions)
  • Hibernian have seen BTTS in 5 of their last 6 matches (all competitions)
  • Rijeka have seen BTTS in 7 of their last 9 away matches (all competitions)

Head-to-Head


This will be the first ever meeting between Hibernian and Rijeka. 

Hibernian Form


Hibs maintained their perfect start to the 2021/22 season with a 3-2 victory against Motherwell in the Scottish Premiership on Saturday.

The win followed a 5-2 aggregate win against FC Santa Coloma in the first round of the Europa Conference League qualifiers. 

Jack Ross’ side conceded early against Motherwell and Kyle Magennis equalised on 17 minutes. Hibs conceded again in the first half before Christian Doidge and Martin Doyle pulled two goals back in the second period to seal the win.

Hibs have won two consecutive matches at home this season. They beat Arsenal 2-1 in a friendly and comfortably defeated Santa Coloma 3-0 in the Europa Conference League.

The Edinburgh side ended the 2020/21 campaign in poor form at home. They were winless in three of their last four at Easter Road. 

Hibernian Injuries & Team News


Midfielder Joe Newell is suspended after being sent off against Santa Coloma last time out. 

Defender Chris Cadden, midfielder Melker Hallberg and full-back Sean Mackie remain sidelined with long-term injuries.

Wantaway defender Josh Doig was left out of the squad against Motherwell and is unlikely to make the squad on Thursday. 

Rijeka Form 


Rijeka extended their unbeaten record to 14 consecutive matches with a 3-3 draw against 2020/21 Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb on Saturday.  

Rijeka faced heavy pressure with just 37% possession and 9-24 shots. Zagreb led after nine minutes before Issah Abass equalised. Rijeka conceded again on 32 minutes and Abass and Josip Dimic scored two quickfire goals just before halftime. 

Goran Tomić’s side couldn’t hold on and conceded the equaliser midway through the second half.

The result came after two 1.HNL wins against HNK Gorica and Istra 1961 and a 3-0 aggregate win against Gzira United in the Europa Conference League qualifier.

Rijeka have been hard to beat away and are unbeaten in their last six on the road. They do concede goals away, keeping just three clean sheets in their last 15 away matches. 

Rijeka Injuries & Team News


Goran Tomić has no injury concerns ahead of the Hibs match. 

The Croatian manager made several changes for Rijeka’s 1-0 win against Gzira United. He then reverted to his strongest starting XI for the 3-3 draw with Dinamo Zagreb last time out. 

He is expected to stick with the 5-3-2 formation with in-form strikers Issah Abass and Josip Drmic leading the line.

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Verdict

Hibs and Rijeka have been hard to beat this season. Hibs home record isn’t convincing and Rijeka concede a lot of away goals with a draw and BTTS backed at Easter Road.

Best Bet: BTTS Yes BTTS @-117.65 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Value Bet: Draw Full Time Result @220.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 2 Units
Correct Score Tip: 1-1 Draw Correct Score @550.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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