Gorica arrive at Stadion Gradski vrt on Sunday for the Prva Liga meeting with hosts NK Osijek.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for NK Osijek v Gorica can be seen below including the latest game odds.
NK Osijek go into this match following on from a 1-1 Prva Liga tied result versus Lokomotiva Zagreb.
In that match, NK Osijek had 56% possession and 11 attempts at goal with 4 of them on target. The only player to score for NK Osijek was Mihret Topčagić (92'). Lokomotiva Zagreb had 6 shots at goal with 1 on target. Marko Dabro (70') was the scorer for Lokomotiva Zagreb.
It has been a rare occasion in recent games where NK Osijek haven’t conceded. The facts show that NK Osijek have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, letting in 7 goals along the way.
In their previous fixture, Gorica drew 1-1 in the Prva Liga tie with Hrvatski Dragovoljac.
In that match, Gorica managed 63% possession and 18 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Gorica was Hrvoje Babec (64'). Hrvatski Dragovoljac had 8 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. Tomislav Štrkalj (74') scored for Hrvatski Dragovoljac.
Throughout their 6 latest matches, Krunoslav Rendulić's Gorica have found the net 6 times - earning them the goals per game average of 1.
Ahead of this clash, Gorica have not beaten NK Osijek when they've played them away from home in the last 5 league games. They really have not been travelling well at all.
Head to head
Looking at the statistics for their head to head meetings going back to 02/02/2020, it’s been all-even between these two clubs with NK Osijek winning 2 of those games, Gorica 2 and 2 being drawn in normal time.
A combined total of 14 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 6 of them from Bijelo-plavi and 8 coming from Gorica. That is an average goals per game value of 2.33.
The last league game featuring these clubs was Prva Liga match day 33 on 07/05/2021 when it finished Gorica 1-0 NK Osijek.
On that occasion, Gorica had 36% possession and 5 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Their only player on the scoresheet was Aleksandar Jovičić (48').
On the other side, NK Osijek got 15 attempts on goal with 4 on target.
The referee was Ivan Bebek.
Team News: NK Osijek
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just the lone fitness concern for the NK Osijek boss Nenad Bjelica to contend with thanks to an almost full-strength group. Ante Erceg (Ruptured knee ligament) will miss out.
Team News: Gorica
Out of a mainly healthy squad, there is just a single fitness issue for the Gorica boss Krunoslav Rendulić to contend with. Joey Suk (Fractured Leg) misses out for this game.
Gorica are dangerous enough to breach the defence of this NK Osijek team, however that is unlikely to be enough to avoid defeat.
We can see both teams to score in a 2-1 winning score for NK Osijek when the full-time whistle blows. Hopefully this is a good one.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Gradski vrt (22,050)
Captain: Mile Škorić
Chairman: Ferenc Sakalj
Manager: Nenad Bjelica
Competitions: Prva Liga position 4, Conference League Qualifiers (2nd Qualifying), Conference League Qualifiers (3rd Qualifying Round)
🔑 Star Player: Ramón Mierez
Usually used in the Striker position, Ramón Mierez was born in Resistencia, Argentina. Having made his senior debut playing for Tigre in the 2016 - 2017 season, the accomplished Forward has managed to score 2 league goals in the Prva Liga 2021 - 2022 campaign to date from a total of 8 appearances.