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The Prva Liga fixture at Stadion Aldo Drosina on Saturday will see home side Istra lock horns with NK Osijek.
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Istra will play in this match coming off the back of a 1-1 Prva Liga drawn game against Slaven Belupo.
In that game, Istra 1961 managed 47% possession and 5 shots on goal with 4 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Istra 1961 was Šime Gržan (45'). Slaven Belupo had 11 attempts on goal with 3 of them on target. Miroslav Iličić (26') was the scorer for Slaven Belupo.
It has not been often in recent games where Istra 1961 haven’t conceded. In fact, Verudeži have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 games, shipping 7 goals during that time. Let’s find out if that trend will be continued on here.
Their past results show that Istra 1961:
- haven't beaten NK Osijek in their last 3 league games.
- are unbeaten in their last 2 league matches at home.
NK Osijek will go into this match after a 2-0 Prva Liga win to defeat Lokomotiva Zagreb in their last game.
In that match, NK Osijek had 47% possession and 15 shots on goal with 8 of them on target. For NK Osijek, the goalscorers were László Kleinheisler (14') and Ramón Mierez (78'). On the other side, Lokomotiva Zagreb got 3 shots on goal with 2 on target.
A series of accomplished showings from the NK Osijek defensive players has seen their ‘goals against’ tally amounting to 4 from their last 6 clashes combined. Over that same period of time, their forwards have scored 12.
Ahead of this meeting, NK Osijek haven't been defeated in their previous 2 away league matches.
Head to head
Looking over their past head to head meetings stretching back to 31/08/2019 shows us that Istra have won 1 of them and NK Osijek 4, with the tally of drawn games being 1.
A total of 10 goals were produced between them in this period, with 2 from Verudeži and 8 created by Bijelo-plavi. That’s an average goals per game of 1.67.
The previous league contest between these sides was Prva Liga match day 18 on 30/01/2021 when it finished NK Osijek 1-0 Istra 1961.
The match was refereed by Duje Strukan.
Team News: Istra
Toni Buric (Heart Condition) and Lovro Majkic (Shoulder fracture) won’t be able to feature for Istra manager Danijel Jumić.
Team News: NK Osijek
Owing to an otherwise available group of players, there’s only the one fitness issue for the NK Osijek boss Nenad Bjelica to be concerned about. Merveil Ndockyt (Ankle Surgery) misses out for this game.
In this game, Istra are certainly able to find the back of the net against this NK Osijek team, but one goal possibly won’t be enough to give them the result that they want.
We’re going for a close game with a 1-2 victory for NK Osijek at the end of the match. Looking forward to this.
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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
⭐ Key Man: Antonio Ivančić
Typically taking up the Central Defensive Midfielder position, Antonio Ivančić was born in Zagreb, Croatia. Having played his first senior match for Istra 1961 in the 2020 - 2021 season, the dangerous Midfielder has scored 4 league goals in this Prva Liga 2020 - 2021 season to date from a total of 18 appearances.