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The Prva Liga match at Gradski Stadion u Koprivnici on Friday sees hosts Slaven Belupo take on Istra.
Scroll down to see all of the predictions, poll and statistics for Slaven Belupo v Istra - plus the latest match odds.
Slaven Belupo will be hoping to return to winning ways here after a 2-0 Prva Liga losing effort in their last game against Rijeka.
Franko Andrijašević (68') and Sandro Kulenović (92') scored for Rijeka.
In their preceding six fixtures, Tomislav Stipić's Slaven Belupo have netted a total of 6 times resulting in an average number of goals scored per match equal to 1.
Going into this encounter, Slaven Belupo haven't been beaten in the league by Istra 1961 in their last 9 games. A long run without a loss.
In their last game, Istra drew 0-0 in the Prva Liga tie with Lokomotiva Zagreb.
The forward players for Istra have had real problems scoring goals over their previous six games, netting the unsatisfactory return of just 4. In those fixtures, Verudeži have also seen the overall goal aggregate of opposing teams equal 6.
Leading up to this clash, Istra 1961:
- have not registered a win against Slaven Belupo in games played away from home for the previous 12 league matches. A really bad run.
- are unbeaten in their previous 2 away league matches.
- have not won away from home in their last 20 matches in the league. Their travelling supporters must be so depressed.
Head to head
An examination of their prior head-to-head meetings going back to 02/02/2019 shows that Slaven Belupo have won 2 of these games & Istra 0, with the number of draws standing at 4.
A combined total of 18 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 11 of them from Farmaceuti and 7 coming from Verudeži. That’s an average goals per game figure of 3.
Team News: Slaven Belupo
Slaven Belupo boss Tomislav Stipić has no fitness worries to speak of before this clash thanks to a fully healthy squad available for selection.
Team News: Istra
Istra manager Fausto Budicin has multiple availability issues to deal with. Toni Buric (Heart Condition) and Martin Franic (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) can’t be considered.
Our feeling is that Slaven Belupo have it within them to get amongst the goals when they meet Istra, who won’t find it easy to find the back of the net.
We’re predicting a fairly comfortable 2-0 victory for Slaven Belupo come full-time.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Gradski Stadion u Koprivnici (3,205)
Captain: Mateas Delić
Chairman: Hrvoje Kolarić
Manager: Tomislav Stipić
Competitions: Prva Liga position 9
⭐ Key Player: Ivan Krstanović
Usually played in the Striker position, Ivan Krstanović was born in Tomislavgrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina. After making a first senior appearance for Zagreb in the 2008 - 2009 season, the goalscoring Forward has bagged 2 league goals in the Prva Liga 2020 - 2021 campaign to date from a total of 5 appearances.