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Hrvatski Dragovoljac are going up against visiting club Rijeka at Stadion NŠC Stjepan Spajić in the Prva Liga game on Friday.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Hrvatski Dragovoljac v Rijeka match are shown here - along with the latest match odds.
Hrvatski Dragovoljac enter this fixture following on from a 1-1 Prva Liga tied result versus Gorica.
In that game, Hrvatski Dragovoljac had 37% possession and 8 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Hrvatski Dragovoljac was Tomislav Štrkalj (74'). On the other side, Gorica had 18 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. Hrvoje Babec (64') scored for Gorica.
It has been a rare occasion in recent times that Hrvatski Dragovoljac have shown defensive steel. In fact, Hrvatski Dragovoljac have failed to prevent opponents from scoring in 5 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 13 goals during that time.
Looking at their past form shows that Hrvatski Dragovoljac:
- have not beaten Rijeka in their last 7 league matches.
- are without a win at home for the past 3 league games.
Rijeka go into this encounter following a 2-1 Prva Liga win vs Slaven Belupo in their previous game.
In that match, Rijeka managed 59% possession and 16 shots at goal with 5 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Rijeka was Josip Drmić (78', 85'). On the other side, Slaven Belupo had 12 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. Nedim Hadžić (64') scored for Slaven Belupo.
The stats don’t lie, and Rijeka have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, with opponents netting 7 goals in all. At the back, Rijeka certainly have room for improvement. We will find out if that trend can be sustained into this next match.
Going into this one, Rijeka remain undefeated by Hrvatski Dragovoljac in games played away from home for the previous 3 league games.
Head to head
A quick look at their past head to head meetings going back to 07/08/2010 reveals that these fixtures have been miserable for Hrvatski Dragovoljac. They have not managed to get themselves any victories at all whereas Rijeka have maintained the edge over them, winning in 83% of those ties.
A total of 17 goals were scored between them in this period, with 3 from Crni and 14 coming from Riječki bijeli. The average goals per game has been 2.83.
The previous league fixture featuring the two was Prva Liga match day 34 on 02/05/2014 which finished with the scoreline of Rijeka 3-1 Hrvatski Dragovoljac.
The match was refereed by Duje Strukan.
Team News: Hrvatski Dragovoljac
The Hrvatski Dragovoljac boss Miroslav Kuljanic will be happy not to have any fitness concerns to speak of before this game owing to a completely injury-free squad to choose from.
Team News: Rijeka
Thanks to a completely healthy group ready to go, the Rijeka manager Goran Tomić has no fitness worries at all coming into this game.
We’re inclined to think that Rijeka have it within them to create a decent amount of chances and shots on target.
However, Hrvatski Dragovoljac may well struggle to break down their defence although we think that they will probably end up getting the chances to score, too.
We’re predicting a controlled 1-3 winning margin for Rijeka after 90 minutes.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion NŠC Stjepan Spajić (5,000)
Captain: Zvonimir Šubarić
Chairman: Marinko Perić
Manager: Miroslav Kuljanic
Competitions: Prva Liga position 10
⭐ Key Man: Mario Veljača
Customarily taking to the field in the Striker position, Mario Veljača was born in Split, Croatia. After making a first senior appearance for Hrvatski Dragovoljac in the 2021 - 2022 season, the goalscoring Forward has scored 2 league goals in this Prva Liga 2021 - 2022 season to date coming from a total of 5 appearances.