Rijeka will be at Stadion Aldo Drosina on Sunday for the Prva Liga clash with home team Istra. All Istra v Rijeka game predictions, stats and user poll are shown below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Istra will be looking for an improved result here following the 2-0 Prva Liga loss in their previous game against Dinamo Zagreb. Emir Dilaver (2') and Lovro Majer (69') scored for Dinamo Zagreb.
Fewer than three goals per game were recorded in 5 of the last 6 meetings where Istra 1961 have been participants. In terms of the goal attribution during that period, opposition teams scored an aggregate of 8 while Verudeži managed a tally of 3. We will just have to find out whether or not that trend will be continued on here.
Rijeka will go into this meeting following on from a 2-0 Prva Liga win with the defeat of Hajduk Split in their previous fixture. For Rijeka, the goalscorers were Antonio Čolak (61') and Alexander Gorgon (72').
A tendency of at least one team not managing to score in games featuring Rijeka has become apparent recently. Checking on their last six meetings reveals that it has happened 5 times. During those clashes, their opponents have managed a goal tally of 5 and Riječki bijeli have scored 8.
Head to head
An inspection of their past head to head results stretching back to 26/08/2018 shows that these fixtures have ended in disappointment for Istra. They’ve not been able to get any victories whatsoever whereas Rijeka have managed to find a way, finishing as winners in 83% of those matches.
A lot of goals were also scored during this period, 23 overall which averages out at 3.83 goals per match.
The last league match between the two was Prva Liga match day 18 on 08/12/2019 which ended up with the score at Rijeka 2-0 Istra 1961. The match was refereed by Marko Matoc.
Our assessment is that Istra have the capability to breach the defence of this Rijeka lineup, however a single goal is unlikely to be good enough. We therefore reckon that it will be both teams to score in a 1-2 winning score for Rijeka when all is said and done. Let’s just see how this one goes.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Aldo Drosina (10,000)
Captain: Marin Grujević
Chairman: Branko Devidé Vincenti
Manager: Ivan Prelec
Competitions: Prva Liga position 8
🔑 Key Player: Antonio Ivančić
Typically playing in the Central Defensive Midfielder position, Antonio Ivančić was born in Zagreb, Croatia. After having played his first senior match for Istra 1961 in the 2019 - 2020 season, the goalscoring Midfielder has accumulated 2 league goals in the Prva Liga 2019 - 2020 campaign to date from a total of 23 appearances.