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Rijeka arrive at Stadion Gradski vrt on Saturday for the Prva Liga showdown with hosts NK Osijek.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the NK Osijek v Rijeka match are shown here (inc. the best betting odds).
NK Osijek won’t want a repeat of their last result here following the 4-1 Prva Liga defeat in their last game at the hands of Dinamo Zagreb.
The only player to score from NK Osijek was Eros Grezda (48'). Mario Gavranović (5'), Arijan Ademi (70'), Andrić (81') and Marko Tolić (86') scored for Dinamo Zagreb.
Ivica Kulešević's NK Osijek have celebrated scoring a sum total of 5 times over their last six outings. Conversely, the number of goals that they have conceded in those games stands at 9.
Coming into this clash, NK Osijek are without a win at home for the past 3 matches in the league.
Rijeka will go into the encounter following a 2-1 Prva Liga win to defeat Istra 1961 in their last game.
The only name on the scoresheet from Rijeka was Franko Andrijašević (13', 68'). Gedeon Guzina (70') was the scorer for Istra 1961.
Looking at their form, and Rijeka have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, conceding 7 goals in total. At the back, Riječki bijeli have clearly had some problems.
Going into this contest, Rijeka have not registered a win against NK Osijek when they have played them away from home in the previous 3 league matches.
Head to head
Inspecting their past head to head meetings going back to 17/03/2019 shows us that NK Osijek have won 3 of these & Rijeka 2, with the tally of drawn games being 1.
A sum of 16 goals were shared by the two clubs in this period, with 8 from Bijelo-plavi and 8 belonging to Riječki bijeli. That’s an average goals per game of 2.67.
The last league match between these sides was Prva Liga match day 32 on 01/07/2020 which ended up with the score at NK Osijek 1-0 Rijeka.
The match was refereed by Duje Strukan.
Team News: NK Osijek
NK Osijek boss Ivica Kulešević will be grateful to have no fitness concerns at all coming into this clash with a completely healthy group ready to go.
Team News: Rijeka
Rijeka manager Simon Rožman has to choose a team with limited availability. Hrvoje Smolcic (Tendonitis), Sterling Yatéké (Meniscal Injury) and Tibor Halilovic (Knee Injury) can’t be considered.
We’ve got the feeling that Rijeka could find themselves struggling to score goals against this NK Osijek outfit who we think will end up scoring and possibly keep a clean sheet as well.
We therefore fancy a good tussle with a 1-0 winning margin for NK Osijek at the end of the match.
Little in this one.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Gradski vrt (22,050)
Captain: Mile Škorić
Chairman: Ivan Meštrović
Manager: Ivica Kulešević
Competitions: Prva Liga position 8, Europa League Qual. (Second Round)