TNS v HNK Rijeka: Saints to fire blanks again

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Kick Off: 1900, 18/07/2017

Stadium: Park Hall

The New Saints have plenty to do if they are to keep their Champions League dream alive as they attempt to overturn a two-goal deficit at home to Croatian champions HNK Rijeka.

The Welsh side were fortunate to escape with a 2-0 defeat in the first leg, especially having conceded in the fourth minute.

Goalkeeper Paul Harrison was frequently called upon to keep TNS in the game and despite having home advantage, we’re backing the visitors to dominate in our TNS vs Rijeka betting tips.

A Look At The New Saints’ Betting Odds

Scott Quigley had a late chance to grab a vital away goal in the first leg but that would have been undeserved, with Rijeka having 22 attempts at goal compared to just one for TNS.

With the Croatians likely to take fewer risks at the back in the second leg, it’s a struggle to see TNS forcing the breakthrough in this one.

They are 33/4 for a surprise win and 4/1 to score at least two goals to give themselves a chance but we’re not convinced they have the firepower to cause problems.

Our first TNS vs Rijeka prediction is for TNS not to score at 87/100.

A Look At Rijeka’s Betting Odds

The gulf between these teams was bigger than the scoreline suggested in the first leg and Rijeka are 33/100 to win the second leg.

An away goal will almost certainly be enough to secure their progress, with a meeting with Hibernians of Malta or Salzburg of Austria awaiting the winners in the third qualifying round.

We fancy the visitors to be leading at half-time and full-time at 19/20 while the last of our TNS vs Rijeka betting tips is the Croatians to win 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 at 8/5.

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First-leg result:

HNK Rijeka 2-0 The New Saints – Josip Misic, Florentin Matei

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Andrew works at the Press Association where he oversees all the company’s sport betting editorial, having previously worked on the Teletext Sport desk and been editor of the England cricket team’s website. A lifelong Huddersfield Town fan, his preferred way to unwind is to head for the hills on his bike.

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