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Istra will arrive at Gradski Stadion u Koprivnici on Tuesday for the Prva Liga game with hosts Slaven Belupo.
Our Slaven Belupo v Istra tips, poll and stats can be seen in full below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Slaven Belupo will be hoping to return to winning ways here after the 2-1 Prva Liga loss in their previous game against Hajduk Split.
The only scorer from Slaven Belupo was Vinko Međimorec (24'). Mijo Caktaš (10') and Samuel Eduok (59') scored for Hajduk Split.
Over their prior 6 fixtures, Tomislav Stipić's Slaven Belupo have hit the target 6 times which gives them an average number of goals scored per match of 1.
Pre-game facts show that Slaven Belupo:
- haven't lost in the league to Istra 1961 in their last 8 matches. A decent run, indeed.
- haven't won against Istra 1961 in their previous 2 matches in the league.
- are unbeaten in their previous 5 home league matches.
In their last fixture, Istra drew 1-1 in the Prva Liga tie with Lokomotiva Zagreb.
The only name on the scoresheet from Istra 1961 was Gedeon Guzina (14'). Lirim Kastrati (8') scored for Lokomotiva Zagreb.
Looking at their form, and Istra have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, with opponents netting 10 goals overall. In defence, Verudeži seem to have a bit of a soft underbelly. Having said that, we must now wait to see whether that trend shall continue on in this upcoming match.
Looking at their past form shows that Istra 1961:
- have left without a victory over Slaven Belupo when they have played them away from home in the previous 11 matches in the league. An awful away record.
- haven't been beaten by Slaven Belupo in away games against them for the last 2 league games.
- are without an away win for the past 13 league matches. They must be getting so desperate.
Head to head
A glance at their prior head to head clashes stretching back to 06/10/2018 shows us that Slaven Belupo have won 2 of them and Istra 0, with the tally of draws being 4.
A sum of 19 goals were scored between the two sides in this period, with 11 from Farmaceuti and 8 netted by Verudeži. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.17.
The previous league game between these clubs was Prva Liga match day 23 on 23/02/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Istra 1961 1-1 Slaven Belupo.
The match was refereed by Ivan Vučković.
Team News: Slaven Belupo
Slaven Belupo boss Tomislav Stipić has no fitness concerns at all coming into this game thanks to a completely healthy squad available for selection.
Team News: Istra
Thanks to a fully injury-free squad to pick from, Istra manager Ivan Prelec doesn’t have any fitness concerns whatsoever coming into this match.
We’re of the opinion that Istra are likely to score a goal against this Slaven Belupo outfit, however it may not be as many as the goals that they could concede.
Our selection here is for a tight encounter finishing with a 2-1 victory for Slaven Belupo after the 90. We are expecting it to be pretty even.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Gradski Stadion u Koprivnici (3,205)
Captain: Mateas Delić
Chairman: Hrvoje Kolarić
Manager: Tomislav Stipić
Competitions: Prva Liga position 7
⭐ Star Player: Ivan Krstanović
Mostly taking up the Striker position, Ivan Krstanović was born in Tomislavgrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Having made a first senior appearance for Zagreb in the 2008 - 2009 season, the dangerous Forward has netted 10 league goals in the Prva Liga 2019 - 2020 campaign to date in 28 appearances.