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Dinamo Zagreb will be the visitors at Stadion HNK Rijeka on Saturday for the Prva Liga showdown with home side Rijeka.
Our Rijeka v Dinamo Zagreb predictions, statistics and match poll can be seen below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Rijeka will be hoping for a repeat of their last result, following a 3-6 Prva Liga victory over Istra 1961.
In that match, Rijeka managed 47% possession and 14 shots at goal with 7 of them on target. For Rijeka, the scorers were Anton Krešić (24'), Domagoj Pavičić (32'), Haris Vučkić (37', 41'), Prince Ampem (52') and Denis Bušnja (85'). On the other side, Istra 1961 had 12 shots on goal with 4 of them on target. João Silva (18'), Abdallahi Mahmoud (59') and Mateo Lisica (78') scored for Istra 1961.
Three or more goals per match were recorded in 5 of the past 6 meetings where Rijeka have played. Their opponents scored 12 of them in these games whereas Rijeka amassed a tally of 16. That aside, we must now wait to see whether that pattern will be replicated in this upcoming game.
Looking at their past form shows that Rijeka:
- have left without a victory over Dinamo Zagreb in their last 3 matches in the league.
- have not been beaten in their last 5 league matches at home.
Dinamo Zagreb head into the game following on from a 8-0 Prva Liga win as they beat Hrvatski Dragovoljac in their last game.
In that game, Dinamo Zagreb managed 76% possession and 19 attempts on goal with 10 on target. For Dinamo Zagreb, the goals were scored by Josip Mišić (22'), Luka Menalo (45', 65'), Luka Ivanušec (50'), Dario Špikić (60'), Komnen Andrić (69'), Marko Bulat (82') and Marko Tolić (93'). Hrvatski Dragovoljac had 6 attempts at goal with 4 on target.
The trend of at least one team drawing a blank in games featuring Dinamo Zagreb has become noticeable of late. Checking on their last six games shows that this has occurred 5 times. During these clashes, their opponents have hit a goal tally of 3 while Dinamo Zagreb have scored 19.
Going into this encounter, Dinamo Zagreb haven't been defeated by Rijeka when having played them away from home in the previous 2 league matches.
Head to head
If we look at their past head to head meetings going back to 05/07/2020, neither club has come out on top overall with Rijeka winning 2 of those games, Dinamo Zagreb 2 and 2 being draws in regulation time.
Loads of goals were seen in those games, too - 22 in total which averages out at 3.67 goals per match.
The previous league clash between the two was Prva Liga match day 3 on 01/08/2021 when it finished Dinamo Zagreb 3-3 Rijeka.
In that game, Dinamo Zagreb had 62% possession and 25 shots at goal with 8 of them on target. The scorers were Dino Perić (9'), Lovro Majer (32') and Mislav Oršić (59').
For their opponents, Rijeka had 8 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. Issah Abass (23', 38') and Josip Drmić (43') scored.
The match was refereed by Tihomir Pejin.
Team News: Rijeka
There is just the sole fitness concern for the Rijeka boss Goran Tomić to be concerned about thanks to an almost full-strength group. Mikhail Merkulov (Unknown Injury) is out of contention.
Team News: Dinamo Zagreb
Dinamo Zagreb manager Damir Krznar has a number of players out of action. Arijan Ademi (Ankle Injury) and Mislav Orsic (Muscle Injury) will miss out on this game.
In our view, Rijeka might have a difficult job to score goals against this Dinamo Zagreb side who we reckon should be able to grind out a win.
We therefore fancy a hard-fought contest, finishing with a 0-1 win for Dinamo Zagreb at the end of the 90 minutes.
We’ll see what happens.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion HNK Rijeka (8,191)
Captain: Nino Galović
Chairman: Damir Mišković
Manager: Goran Tomić
Competitions: Prva Liga position 1, Conference League Qualifiers (2nd Qualifying), Conference League Qualifiers (3rd Qualifying Round), Conference League Qualifiers (Play Off Round)
⭐ Star Man: Domagoj Pavičić
Mostly played in the Centre Midfield position, Domagoj Pavičić was born in Zagreb, Croatia. Having played his first senior match for Lokomotiva Zagreb in the 2012 - 2013 season, the talented Midfielder has managed to score 3 league goals in the Prva Liga 2021 - 2022 season so far from a total of 9 appearances.