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Šibenik play host to visiting side Istra at Stadion Šubićevac in this Prva Liga tie on Friday.
Our full set of predictions, statistics and match poll for Šibenik v Istra can be seen below - plus the latest betting odds.
Šibenik will be hoping to return to winning ways here after the 1-0 Prva Liga defeat in their last game at the hands of Lokomotiva Zagreb.
In that game, Šibenik had 41% possession and 13 shots at goal with 5 on target. Lokomotiva Zagreb got 8 shots on goal with 1 on target. Marko Lešković (85') was the scorer for Lokomotiva Zagreb.
It has not been often in recent games where Šibenik have kept a clean sheet. The facts show that Šibenik have seen their defence breached in 5 of their previous 6 matches, leaking 5 goals on the way.
Coming into this contest, Šibenik are undefeated in their last 2 home league matches.
After a loss in their previous game against Gorica in Prva Liga action, Istra and their travelling fans will hope for a better result here.
In that match, Istra 1961 had 40% possession and 11 shots on goal with 0 of them on target. At the other end, Gorica got 15 attempts at goal with 6 on target. Dario Špikić (42') and Josip Mitrović (93') scored for Gorica.
The stats tell the story, and Istra have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 matches, letting opponents get 9 goals in all. In defence, Verudeži have clearly had some problems. With no two games being the same, time will tell whether the trend might be replicated here in this game or not.
Heading into this fixture, Istra 1961 are without a win away from home in their last 3 league games.
Head to head
Looking at their prior head to head clashes going back to 17/03/2012 shows us that Šibenik have won 1 of these and Istra 4, with the number of drawn matches being 1.
A combined sum of 14 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 5 of them for Šibenik and 9 belonging to Verudeži. That’s an average goals per game of 2.33.
The last league meeting featuring these sides was Prva Liga match day 24 on 05/03/2021 which ended up with the score at Istra 1961 3-2 Šibenik.
The referee was Dario Bel.
Team News: Šibenik
Šibenik boss Sergi Escobar will be happy not to have any fitness concerns to speak of ahead of this clash with a fully injury-free group ready to go.
Team News: Istra
Istra manager Danijel Jumić has a number of players out of action. Toni Buric (Heart Condition) and Lovro Majkic (Shoulder fracture) are not ready for selection.
In our opinion, Istra should have enough to find the net against this Šibenik team, however that probably won’t quite be as many as they’ll concede.
We’re going for a close game with a 2-1 winning score for Šibenik at the end of the match. Definitely a tough call.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Šubićevac (7,000)
Captain: Marko Bulat
Chairman: Josip Bulat
Manager: Sergi Escobar
Competitions: Prva Liga position 6
🔑 Key Man: Deni Jurić
Normally deployed in the Striker position, Deni Jurić was born in Kogarah, Australia. After having played his first senior match for Šibenik in the 2020 - 2021 season, the gifted Forward has managed to score 11 league goals in the Prva Liga 2020 - 2021 season so far from a total of 29 appearances.