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Gorica head to Stadion Aldo Drosina on Sunday for the Prva Liga clash with hosts Istra.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Istra v Gorica, scroll down - plus the latest match odds.
Istra will play in this match following on from a 1-1 Prva Liga drawn result versus Varaždin.
In that game, Istra 1961 managed 55% possession and 7 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Istra 1961 was Taichi Hara (18'). For their opponents, Varaždin had 7 attempts at goal with 1 of them on target. Ivan Posavec (34') was the scorer for Varaždin.
Istra 1961 haven’t made the most of their chances of late. Their sum of goals equals just 3 against opponents during their previous six matches. In those meetings, Verudeži have also seen the number of goals scored against them total 8. Such a pattern might not be sustained here, of course.
Analysis of their past results shows that Istra 1961:
- have left without a victory over Gorica in their previous 9 league matches.
- have not won at home in their last 3 league games.
Gorica go into this clash after a 4-2 Prva Liga win in the defeat of Lokomotiva Zagreb in their most recent match.
In that match, Gorica managed 47% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. For Gorica, the goals were scored by Jiloan Hamad (5'), Ognjen Mudrinski (28') and Dario Špikić (53', 74'). Lokomotiva Zagreb had 12 shots at goal with 4 on target. Josip Pivarić (19', 58') scored for Lokomotiva Zagreb.
Looking at their form, and Gorica have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 9 goals overall. Defensively, Gorica have seen their frailties exposed.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Gorica:
- haven't won against Istra 1961 when having played them away from home in the previous 3 league matches.
- have not won away from home in their last 3 league games.
Head to head
A look at their past head-to-head meetings dating back to 08/11/2019 shows us that Istra have won 0 of them and Gorica 2, with the number of drawn matches standing at 4.
An aggregate of 20 goals were produced between them in these games, with 8 of them from Verudeži and 12 for Gorica. That’s an average goals per game of 3.33.
The last league encounter featuring the two was Prva Liga match day 23 on 28/02/2021 which finished with the scoreline of Gorica 2-1 Istra 1961.
The match was refereed by Zdenko Lovrić.
Team News: Istra
Toni Buric (Heart Condition) and Lovro Majkic (Shoulder fracture) will not be taking part for Istra manager Danijel Jumić.
Team News: Gorica
In an otherwise available group, there is just the one fitness worry for the Gorica manager Siniša Oreščanin to be concerned with. Joey Suk (Fractured Leg) won’t be playing here.
We feel that over the course of the game, Istra might need a bit of good fortune to be putting a goal past this Gorica lineup who we think should end up scoring and possibly keep a clean sheet as well.
We therefore see a narrow 0-1 winning score for Gorica at the conclusion of the game.
Let’s see what happens.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Aldo Drosina (10,000)
Captain: Slavko Blagojević
Chairman: Branko Devidé Vincenti
Manager: Danijel Jumić
Competitions: Prva Liga position 9
🔑 Key Player: Matej Vuk
Typically playing in the Left Wing position, Matej Vuk was born in Čakovec, Croatia. After having played his first senior match for Istra 1961 in the 2020 - 2021 season, the talented Forward has netted 5 league goals in this Prva Liga 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in a total of 21 appearances.