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Hajduk Split visit Stadion Aldo Drosina on Sunday for the Prva Liga meeting with hosts Istra.
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Istra will be wanting a better result here following a 0-2 Prva Liga defeat last time out to NK Osijek.
In that game, Istra 1961 had 47% possession and 4 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target. NK Osijek had 23 attempts on goal with 10 on target. Ramón Mierez (30') and Ante Erceg (88') scored for NK Osijek.
It’s been seldom in recent games that Istra 1961 have shown defensive steel. In fact, Verudeži have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 clashes, leaking 8 goals during that time.
In the game prior to this, Hajduk Split drew 2-2 in the Prva Liga tie with Slaven Belupo.
In that match, Hajduk Split had 43% possession and 6 attempts on goal with 2 on target. The scorer for Hajduk Split was Umut Nayir (22', 90'). At the other end, Slaven Belupo got 9 attempts on goal with 4 on target. Ivan Krstanović (65', 69') was the scorer for Slaven Belupo.
A run of hard-working showings by the Hajduk Split defenders has seen their ‘goals against’ tally standing at 3 from their past 6 outings overall. In that period, their forwards have scored 9. Still, we will just have to wait and see if the trend might be replicated in this next match.
Heading into this fixture, Hajduk Split are unbeaten in their previous 4 away league matches.
Head to head
A glance at their past head-to-head meetings stretching back to 29/09/2019 shows us that Istra have won 1 of these and Hajduk Split 4, with the number of drawn games standing at 1.
10 goals were scored between them during those clashes, with 3 for Verudeži and 7 coming from Bili. That’s an average goals per game figure of 1.67.
The last league match featuring the two was Prva Liga match day 19 on 03/02/2021 which ended up with the score at Hajduk Split 1-0 Istra 1961.
The match was refereed by Zdenko Lovrić.
Team News: Istra
Toni Buric (Heart Condition) and Lovro Majkic (Shoulder fracture) won’t be available for Istra gaffer Danijel Jumić.
Team News: Hajduk Split
Owing to an otherwise available squad, there is only the lone fitness issue for the Hajduk Split boss Paolo Tramezzani to be concerned about. Dimitrios Diamantakos (Unknown Injury) won’t be playing here.
Here, we’re thinking that Istra may well find it hard to see themselves scoring against this Hajduk Split lineup who we think should end up scoring and staying ahead.
We’re therefore tipping a very competitive encounter with a 0-1 win for Hajduk Split at the end of the match.
Let’s see how this one goes.
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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 8
🔑 Star Man: Matej Vuk
Generally used in the Left Wing position, Matej Vuk was born in Čakovec, Croatia. Having made a first senior appearance for Istra 1961 in the 2020 - 2021 season, the goalscoring Forward has netted 5 league goals in the Prva Liga 2020 - 2021 campaign so far in 19 appearances.