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The Prva Liga match at Gradski Stadion u Koprivnici on Saturday will see home side Slaven Belupo facing opposition in the form of Istra.
View all of the Slaven Belupo v Istra 1961 predictions, poll and stats below - as well as up-to-date odds.
Slaven Belupo will be wanting a better result here following a 2-1 Prva Liga defeat in their last game at the hands of Rijeka.
In that match, Slaven Belupo managed 41% possession and 12 attempts on goal with 4 of them on target. The only player to score for Slaven Belupo was Nedim Hadžić (64'). Rijeka had 16 shots at goal with 5 on target. Josip Drmić (78', 85') was the scorer for Rijeka.
Slaven Belupo haven’t exactly had impressive attacking statistics in recent times. Their ‘goals for’ figure stands at just 2 vs opposing sides over their last 6 outings. In those meetings, Slaven Belupo have also seen the number of goals against them come to 7. Such a trend won’t necessarily be continued into this next game, of course.
Analysis of their past results shows that Slaven Belupo:
- have not beaten Istra 1961 in their previous 3 matches in the league.
- have not won at home in their last 3 league games.
Following on from suffering a loss in their previous game against Hajduk Split in Prva Liga action, Istra and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that game, Istra 1961 managed 50% possession and 5 attempts on goal with 1 of them on target. The scorer for Istra 1961 was Dion Drena Beljo (88'). For their opponents, Hajduk Split got 12 shots on goal with 4 on target. Marko Livaja (52', 58', 74') was the scorer for Hajduk Split.
The stats tell the story, and Istra have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 14 goals in total. At the back, Istra 1961 have clearly had some problems.
Analysis of their past results shows that Istra 1961:
- have not won against Slaven Belupo when they've played them away from home in the last 14 league games. A shocking away run it has been.
- are without a win away from home in their last 8 league games. Who knows how long it might last, too.
Head to head
Checking out their prior head to head duels dating back to 23/02/2020, there is nothing to separate the two clubs with Slaven Belupo winning 2 of those games, Istra 2 and 2 being drawn in regulation time.
A sum of 17 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 11 for Farmaceuti and 6 for Verudeži. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.83.
The previous league clash between the two was Prva Liga match day 35 on 15/05/2021 which ended up with the score at Istra 1961 1-0 Slaven Belupo.
On that occasion, Istra 1961 had 52% possession and 5 shots on goal with 1 on target. Their only player to score was Matej Vuk (46').
For their opponents, Slaven Belupo got 12 shots on goal with 3 on target.
The match was refereed by Mario Zebec.
Team News: Slaven Belupo
The Slaven Belupo boss Dean Klafurić will be happy not to have any fitness concerns to speak of before this match with a completely healthy group to choose from.
Team News: Istra
Istra boss Gonzalo García has to currently contend with reduced team options. Lovro Majkic (Shoulder fracture) and Toni Buric (Heart Condition) miss out here.
Here, we’re thinking that Istra 1961 will have a tough ask to put one past this Slaven Belupo team who we reckon should get the win and a maybe even keep a clean sheet as well.
We’re therefore tipping a very even contest with a 1-0 winning score for Slaven Belupo at the end of the 90 minutes.
Hopefully it’s a good one.
Our expert partners are tipping over 1.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Gradski Stadion u Koprivnici (3,205)
Captain: Goran Paracki
Chairman: Hrvoje Kolarić
Manager: Dean Klafurić
Competitions: Prva Liga position 9
⭐ Key Man: Ivan Krstanović
Typically used in the Striker position, Ivan Krstanović was born in Tomislavgrad, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Having played his first senior match for NK Zagreb in the 2008 - 2009 season, the talented Forward has hit 2 league goals in the Prva Liga 2021 - 2022 campaign to date in a total of 7 appearances.