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The Prva Liga match at Stadion HNK Rijeka on Saturday will see hosts Rijeka up against opponents in Istra.
All of our predictions, stats and the user poll for Rijeka v Istra are shown below - plus the latest match odds.
Rijeka will be hoping for a better result following the 1-0 Prva Liga defeat in their last game at the hands of Lokomotiva Zagreb.
Dino Halilović (53') was the scorer for Lokomotiva Zagreb.
In their preceding 6 games, Simon Rožman's Rijeka have found the net a total of 12 times giving them an average number of goals per match equal to 2.
Their past results show that Rijeka:
- have not lost a league tie with Istra 1961 in their last 10 games. Quite a long unbeaten run against them.
- are undefeated in their previous 3 league matches at home.
After being beaten in their last game against Dinamo Zagreb in Prva Liga action, Istra and their travelling supporters will be hoping that they can get a better result in this one.
Bruno Petković (87') was the scorer for Dinamo Zagreb.
A tendency of at least one side getting a clean sheet in games featuring Istra 1961 has been fairly consistent recently. Looking at their last six outings shows that it has occurred 5 times. In these clashes, their opponents have managed a goal tally of 8 and Verudeži have scored 5. We will have to see if that trend can be continued on here.
Going into this encounter, Istra 1961 haven’t won away from home in the past 17 league games. They clearly need to do something about it.
Head to head
A review of their past head to head results stretching back to 01/03/2019 tells us that these encounters have been pretty painful for Istra. They’ve not managed to come away with any victories whatsoever while Rijeka have just been stronger than them, finishing as winners in 100 per cent of those ties.
There were also goals galore in those games, with 24 overall at an average of 4 goals per meeting.
The previous league clash featuring these clubs was Prva Liga match day 36 on 25/07/2020 and the score finished Rijeka 4-2 Istra 1961.
The referee was Mario Zebec.
Team News: Rijeka
Rijeka manager Simon Rožman will be grateful not to have any fitness concerns at all before this clash owing to a fully injury-free group available to select from.
Team News: Istra
Owing to a completely healthy squad available for selection, Istra boss Ivan Prelec has no fitness worries to speak of before this match.
We feel that in this game, Istra are dangerous enough to find the net against this Rijeka lineup, but that realistically won’t be enough to prevent defeat.
We think that it’s going to be a 2-1 advantage for Rijeka at the end of this one. Should be a good one.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion HNK Rijeka (8,191)
Chairman: Damir Mišković
Manager: Simon Rožman
Competitions: Prva Liga position 4