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The Prva Liga fixture at Stadion Radnik on Saturday will see home side Gorica ready themselves for the challenge from opponents Istra.
View all Gorica v Istra tips, stats and our pre-match poll below including the latest game odds.
Gorica, who won their previous game, will hope for a similar result following the 1-2 Prva Liga triumph against Lokomotiva Zagreb.
The only scorer from Gorica was Kristijan Lovrić (32', 85'). Fran Karačić (89') scored for Lokomotiva Zagreb.
Gorica have been conceding pretty frequently lately, but they have also done enough to hit the back of the net themselves. Analysis of their previous 6 games shows that Gorica have been punished defensively in 5 of them as well as managing to get on the scoresheet in 5 of those matches. That trend isn’t assured to follow through into this game, though.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Gorica:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Istra 1961 in their previous 6 games.
- are undefeated in their last 2 league matches at home.
Since a losing effort in their last game against Varaždin in Prva Liga competition, Istra will be aiming to make amends here.
Matej Senić (37') scored for Varaždin.
A tendency of at least one team not managing to score in games featuring Istra 1961 has become noticeable in recent matches. Checking on their last six meetings shows that it’s occurred 5 times. In these clashes, opposing sides have managed a goal tally of 7 while Verudeži have scored 4.
A look at their previous results shows us that Istra 1961:
- have not registered a win against Gorica when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 league games.
- are without an away win for the past 18 league matches. They clearly need to do something about it.
Head to head
Looking at their most recent head to head clashes dating back to 09/03/2019 shows that Gorica have won 3 of these games and Istra 0, with the number of drawn results being 3.
A combined total of 21 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 15 of them for Gorica and 6 created by Verudeži. The average number of goals per game works out to 3.5.
The last league clash featuring these sides was Prva Liga match day 33 on 04/07/2020 and the score finished Istra 1961 2-2 Gorica.
The referee was Ante Čuljak.
Team News: Gorica
Gorica manager Valdas Dambrauskas will be grateful to have no fitness worries at all before this game owing to a fully injury-free squad ready to go.
Team News: Istra
Due to a fully injury-free squad available to select from, Istra boss Ivan Prelec has zero fitness concerns at all ahead of this match.
We believe that Gorica should really get the win and a possible clean sheet when they face Istra, who could well struggle to find the back of the net.
Our selection here is for a fairly comfortable 2-0 winning margin for Gorica when all’s said and done.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Radnik (8,000)
Captain: Kristijan Kahlina
Chairman: Nenad Črnko
Manager: Valdas Dambrauskas
Competitions: Prva Liga position 2
⭐ Key Player: Ognjen Mudrinski
Generally playing in the Striker position, Ognjen Mudrinski was born in Srbobran, Serbia. Having made a first senior appearance for SpVgg Greuther Fürth in the 2013 - 2014 season, the gifted Forward has struck 5 league goals in this Prva Liga 2020 - 2021 campaign so far from a total of 4 appearances.