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Gorica are the guests at Stadion Aldo Drosina on Saturday for the Prva Liga game with hosts Istra.
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Istra will be hoping to return to winning ways here after the 1-0 Prva Liga defeat last time out to Varaždin.
In that match, Istra 1961 managed 48% possession and 7 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target. At the other end, Varaždin got 11 attempts at goal with 1 on target. Igor Postonjski (74') was the scorer for Varaždin.
Matches featuring Istra 1961 have proved to be exciting ones lately with a lot of goalmouth action the rule rather than the exception. Over their past half dozen clashes, the sum of 20 goals have gone in for both sides combined (at an average of 3.33 goals per game) with 7 of these accredited to Istra 1961.
Gorica come into this meeting after a 2-1 Prva Liga win as they beat Hajduk Split in their most recent fixture.
In that game, Gorica managed 53% possession and 9 attempts on goal with 3 on target. For Gorica, the goals were scored by Dino Štiglec (86') and Ante Matej Jurić (92'). At the other end, Hajduk Split had 8 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Zvonimir Šarlija (62') scored for Hajduk Split.
A series of outstanding performances by the Gorica defenders has resulted in their ‘goals against’ tally amounting to 4 from their last 6 clashes overall. During the same time, the number of goals that they have scored themselves amounts to 7. We will just have to find out if that trend will be continued on in this game.
Coming into this meeting, Gorica have left without a victory over Istra 1961 in games played away from home for the previous 3 matches in the league.
Head to head
Inspecting their prior head-to-head clashes dating back to 28/01/2022 tells us that Istra have won 4 of these and Gorica 1, with the number of drawn matches standing at 1.
A combined total of 18 goals were produced between them in these games, with 11 for Verudeži and 7 being from Gorica. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.
The last league encounter featuring the two was Prva Liga match day 34 on 13/05/2023 and the score finished Istra 1961 1-0 Gorica.
On that day, Istra 1961 managed 53% possession and 10 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. The scorer was Ante Erceg (33').
At the other end, Gorica got 25 shots at goal with 8 of them on target.
The referee was Ivan Bebek.
Here is a game where Gorica will need to push hard to put one past this Istra 1961 side who we think might well score & stay on top.
We’re therefore expecting a very even contest with a 1-0 winning score for Istra 1961 after 90 minutes.
Looking forward to this.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Aldo Drosina (10,000)
Captain: Slavko Blagojević
Chairman: Branko Devidé Vincenti
Manager: David Catalá
Competitions: Prva Liga position 8
🔑 Star Man: Ante Erceg
Usually playing in the Striker position, Ante Erceg was born in Split, Croatia. After having made a senior debut playing for RNK Split in the 2010 - 2011 season, the talented Forward has got 3 league goals in the HNL 2023 - 2024 campaign to date coming from a total of 7 appearances.