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Varaždin are the guests at Stadion Radnik on Saturday for the Prva Liga showdown with home side Gorica.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Gorica v Varaždin can be seen below - plus the latest betting odds.
Gorica will be looking to improve on their last outing here following the 3-4 Prva Liga loss in their previous game against Rijeka.
In that game, Gorica had 55% possession and 19 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. For Gorica, the goalscorers were Josip Mitrović (73') and Ognjen Mudrinski (83'). On the other side, Rijeka had 15 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Franko Andrijašević (11'), Josip Drmić (13'), Robert Murić (50'), Adam Gnezda Čerin (64') and Nino Galović (85' Own goal) scored for Rijeka.
It has been all too rare in recent games where Gorica haven’t conceded. The reality is that Gorica have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, shipping 8 goals along the way.
In their previous fixture, Varaždin drew 1-1 in the Prva Liga tie with Slaven Belupo.
In that game, Varaždin managed 50% possession and 16 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Varaždin was Neven Đurasek (42'). On the other side, Slaven Belupo had 13 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. Ivan Delić (92') scored for Slaven Belupo.
The numbers tell their own story, and Varaždin have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing opposing sides hit 13 goals overall. In defence, Bumbari have not been doing too well. We will just have to find out if that trend will end up being continued on in this game.
Going into this contest, Varaždin haven’t won away from home in the past 2 matches in the league.
Head to head
Checking on their past head-to-head meetings stretching back to 23/11/2019 shows that Gorica have won 3 of them & Varaždin 2, with the number of drawn matches being 1.
A combined sum of 16 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 10 for Gorica and 6 belonging to Bumbari. The average goals per game has been 2.67.
The previous league game between these sides was Prva Liga match day 19 on 03/02/2021 when it finished Varaždin 2-1 Gorica.
The match was refereed by Damir Batinić.
Team News: Gorica
There aren’t many personnel worries, with just one fitness concern for the Gorica boss Siniša Oreščanin to be concerned with thanks to an almost full-strength group of players. Joey Suk (Fractured Leg) is out of contention.
Team News: Varaždin
Thanks to a fully healthy group ready to go, Varaždin manager Zoran Kastel has no fitness concerns at all ahead of this game.
In our view, Gorica look set to get the goals that they need when they play Varaždin, who may well struggle to break down their defence.
Our tip is for a fairly comfortable 2-0 victory for Gorica at the conclusion of the game.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Radnik (8,000)
Chairman: Nenad Črnko
Manager: Siniša Oreščanin
Competitions: Prva Liga position 3
⭐ Star Player: Matar Dieye
Mostly taking to the field in the Striker position, Matar Dieye was born in Mbédiène, Senegal. Having made a first senior appearance for Vicenza in the 2015 - 2016 season, the dangerous Forward has contributed 5 league goals in this Prva Liga 2020 - 2021 season to date from a total of 22 appearances.