Dinamo Zagreb will visit Stadion HNK Rijeka on Sunday for the Prva Liga fixture with home side Rijeka.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Rijeka v Dinamo Zagreb can be seen below - plus the latest match odds.
Rijeka will be looking to improve on their last outing here after a 3-2 Prva Liga defeat in their last game at the hands of Hajduk Split.
In that game, Rijeka managed 59% possession and 14 shots on goal with 7 on target. For Rijeka, goals were scored by Josip Drmić (31'), Daniel Štefulj (45' Own goal) and Franko Andrijašević (65'). On the other side, Hajduk Split had 14 shots at goal with 5 on target. Stipe Biuk (14') and Alexander Kačaniklić (47') scored for Hajduk Split.
Over their past six fixtures, Goran Tomić's Rijeka have managed to score a total of 12 times, an average number of goals per match equal to 2.
Coming into this meeting, Rijeka have not been beaten in their last 4 league matches at home.
Last time out, Dinamo Zagreb drew 1-1 in the Prva Liga tie with Hajduk Split.
In that match, Dinamo Zagreb managed 46% possession and 13 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. The scorer for Dinamo Zagreb was Lovro Majer (16'). Hajduk Split had 20 shots on goal with 6 on target. Marko Livaja (44') scored for Hajduk Split.
A run of steadfast displays from the Dinamo Zagreb defensive players has resulted in their ‘goals against’ tally standing at 4 from their past 6 fixtures in total. Over that same period of time, the number of goals that they have scored themselves amounts to 8. Nevertheless, we must now wait to see if that trend will be replicated in this upcoming game or not.
Coming into this clash, Dinamo Zagreb have not emerged victorious against Rijeka in games played away from home for the previous 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
A review of their past head-to-head clashes stretching back to 18/12/2019 shows us that Rijeka have won 2 of these games and Dinamo Zagreb 3, with the number of draws standing at 1.
A sum of 17 goals were shared by the two clubs throughout the course of those matches, with 6 from Riječki bijeli and 11 belonging to Plavi. That is an average goals per game value of 2.83.
The previous league match between these sides was Prva Liga match day 24 on 07/03/2021 and the score finished Dinamo Zagreb 2-0 Rijeka.
The referee was Duje Strukan.
Team News: Rijeka
There aren’t many selection issues, with just a single fitness concern for the Rijeka manager Goran Tomić to be concerned with from a near full-strength set of players. Darko Velkovski (Hand Injury) misses out.
Team News: Dinamo Zagreb
Thanks to a mainly full-strength squad, there’s only the one fitness worry for the Dinamo Zagreb manager Damir Krznar to be concerned with. Mario Gavranovic (Muscle Injury) won’t be in action.
We’re of the view that Rijeka might have a difficult job to find the net against this Dinamo Zagreb team who we think will manage to score & go ahead.
We therefore think that it’s going to be a hard-fought contest, finishing with a 0-1 winning margin for Dinamo Zagreb when the referee blows for full-time.
Looking forward to this.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion HNK Rijeka (8,191)
Captain: Franko Andrijašević
Chairman: Damir Mišković
Manager: Goran Tomić
Competitions: Prva Liga position 4, Europa League Qualifiers (Play-Offs)
⭐ Star Player: Robert Murić
Typically playing in the Central Attacking Midfielder position, Robert Murić was born in Varaždin, Croatia. Having played his first senior match for Jong Ajax in the 2014 - 2015 season, the skilful Midfielder has scored 8 league goals in this Prva Liga 2020 - 2021 season to date from a total of 27 appearances.