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The Prva Liga game at Stadion Aldo Drosina on Sunday will see hosts Istra fighting it out with opponents Varaždin.
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Istra will be hoping for a better result after a 2-1 Prva Liga defeat in their last game at the hands of Rijeka.
The only player to score from Istra 1961 was Gedeon Guzina (70'). Franko Andrijašević (13', 68') was the scorer for Rijeka.
It has been seldom in recent times where Istra 1961 have shown defensive steel. The reality is that Verudeži have been scored against in 5 of their previous 6 games, giving up 10 goals along the way. We shall soon find out whether or not that trend can be continued on in this game.
Going into this contest, Istra have not won at home in their last 4 league games. Things will have to change soon.
In their previous fixture, Varaždin drew 1-1 in the Prva Liga match with Lokomotiva Zagreb.
For Varaždin, the goalscorers were Mohammad Mehdi Mehdikhani (44') and Matej Rodin (49' Own goal).
Over the course of 5 of the past six games involving Varaždin, a relatively low number of goals have been scored between them and opposing teams. The overall average goals scored per game during that spell is a meagre 2.17, with the number of goals averaged by Bumbari being 0.83.
Ahead of this clash, Varaždin have not won against Istra 1961 in games played away from home for the previous 4 league games. They'll be keen to stop this run.
Head to head
Inspecting their most recent head to head clashes stretching back to 20/08/2011 shows that Istra have won 3 of these games & Varaždin 2, with the tally of drawn matches standing at 1.
A combined total of 16 goals were scored between the two sides during those clashes, with 8 of them from Verudeži and 8 coming from Bumbari. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 2.67.
The previous league match featuring these sides was Prva Liga match day 30 on 20/06/2020 which finished with the scoreline of Varaždin 3-0 Istra 1961.
The match was refereed by Tihomir Pejin.
Team News: Istra
Istra manager Ivan Prelec has zero fitness concerns at all before this game with a completely healthy group to pick from.
Team News: Varaždin
With a fully healthy squad to choose from, Varaždin boss Samir Toplak has no fitness concerns to report coming into this match.
We’re of the opinion that Varaždin and Istra may both struggle to make a breakthrough here.
A draw is a real possibility, as a clear-cut winner doesn’t appear to be obvious. We’re therefore anticipating a tight encounter, finishing with a 0-0 score at full-time.
🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Aldo Drosina (10,000)
Captain: Marin Grujević
Chairman: Branko Devidé Vincenti
Manager: Ivan Prelec
Competitions: Prva Liga position 10