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The Prva Liga game at Stadion Aldo Drosina on Saturday sees home side Istra do battle with opponents Rijeka.
For all of our match predictions, pre-game poll and statistics for Istra v Rijeka, scroll down - as well as the best betting odds.
Istra will be looking to improve on their last outing here after a 5-0 Prva Liga defeat last time out to Dinamo Zagreb.
Mario Gavranović (6', 75'), Kristijan Jakić (45'), Mislav Oršić (77') and Marko Tolić (87') scored for Dinamo Zagreb.
Fausto Budicin's Istra 1961 have celebrated scoring 5 times over their preceding six outings. Conversely, the number of goals that they have conceded in those same fixtures amounts to 12.
Going into this game, the form guide shows that Istra 1961:
- have not beaten Rijeka in their previous 11 league games.
- are unbeaten in their previous 2 home league matches.
Rijeka head into the clash after a 1-0 Prva Liga win versus Lokomotiva Zagreb in their last fixture.
The only scorer from Rijeka was Robert Murić (17').
The stats tell the story, and Rijeka have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, conceding 10 goals overall. Defensively, Riječki bijeli have not been doing too well.
Ahead of this meeting, Rijeka are undefeated by Istra 1961 in games played away from home for the previous 5 league matches. A very decent away record against them.
Head to head
An examination of past results between these clubs going back to 04/05/2019 tells us that these encounters have ended in disappointment for Istra. They have not managed to come away with any victories whatsoever while Rijeka have been the better of the two, winning in 100% of those ties.
There were also plenty of goals scored in those games, 25 in all at an average of 4.17 goals per meeting.
The previous league fixture featuring the two was Prva Liga match day 3 on 29/08/2020 when it ended Rijeka 2-1 Istra 1961.
The match was refereed by Fran Jović.
Team News: Istra
There’s just the lone fitness concern for the Istra boss Fausto Budicin to be concerned with from a near full-strength group. Toni Buric (Heart Condition) misses out.
Team News: Rijeka
Due to a mostly healthy squad, there is only the sole fitness worry for the Rijeka manager Simon Rožman to contend with. Milan Ristovski (Ankle Fracture) won’t be in action.
In our opinion, Istra will have to work hard as a team to register a score against this Rijeka outfit who we think should gain the upper hand.
We’re therefore seeing a good tussle with a 0-1 winning score for Rijeka when the referee blows for full-time.
Let’s see how this one goes.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Aldo Drosina (10,000)
Captain: Slavko Blagojević
Chairman: Branko Devidé Vincenti
Manager: Fausto Budicin
Competitions: Prva Liga position 8
🔑 Key Player: Matej Vuk
Typically playing in the Left Wing position, Matej Vuk was born in Čakovec, Croatia. Having made his senior debut playing for Istra 1961 in the 2020 - 2021 season, the talented Forward has accumulated 3 league goals in the Prva Liga 2020 - 2021 season to date from a total of 6 appearances.