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The Prva Liga game at Stadion Gradski vrt on Friday sees home side NK Osijek ready themselves for the challenge from opponents Šibenik.
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NK Osijek, buoyed by their previous result, will be hoping for more of the same after a 2-1 Prva Liga victory versus Istra 1961.
In that game, NK Osijek managed 62% possession and 13 attempts at goal with 6 of them on target. For NK Osijek, the goals were scored by László Kleinheisler (34') and Dion Drena Beljo (92'). Istra 1961 had 6 shots at goal with 2 of them on target. Antonio Ivančić (41') was the scorer for Istra 1961.
Their latest results reveal that there has been much resilience in the NK Osijek backline. Bijelo-plavi have been miserly, resulting in the total number of goals that have flown into the back of their net over the course of their past six outings standing at 3.
Since tasting defeat last time out to Dinamo Zagreb in Prva Liga action, Šibenik will be aiming to make amends here.
In that game, Šibenik had 38% possession and 16 shots at goal with 4 on target. On the other side, Dinamo Zagreb had 15 shots at goal with 4 of them on target. Stefan Milić (88') was the scorer for Dinamo Zagreb.
It has become apparent that Šibenik have had real problems scoring goals in their past 6 clashes, contributing the unsatisfactory return of just 3. In those matches, Šibenik have also seen the overall goal aggregate of their opponents equal 7. It will be interesting to find out if that trend can be sustained in this game.
Head to head
A study of their past head to head results stretching back to 06/11/2011 shows that these fixtures have not been fruitful for Šibenik. They’ve not managed to register any victories whatsoever while NK Osijek have dominated them, winning in 67% of those match-ups.
A total of 12 goals were shared by the two clubs in these games, with 11 of them for Bijelo-plavi and 1 netted by Šibenik. The average number of goals per game works out to 2.
The previous league encounter between the two was Prva Liga match day 34 on 11/05/2021 when the final score was NK Osijek 3-0 Šibenik.
In that match, NK Osijek had 64% possession and 26 attempts on goal with 6 on target. The goals were scored by Ivan Santini (65'), Ramón Mierez (73') and Ádám Gyurcsó (93').
Šibenik had 4 shots at goal with 2 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Marin Vidulin.
Team News: NK Osijek
There aren’t many personnel worries, with just the lone fitness concern for the NK Osijek manager Nenad Bjelica to contend with from an otherwise complete group of players. Ante Erceg (Ruptured knee ligament) won’t play.
Team News: Šibenik
Thanks to a fully injury-free squad to choose from, Šibenik boss Mario Rosas has no fitness worries at all before this game.
Looking at these two teams, we feel that NK Osijek will likely create enough chances to score more than one when they play Šibenik, who might well find it difficult getting goals.
We’re therefore anticipating a controlled 2-0 margin for NK Osijek after 90 minutes.
Our expert partners are tipping under 3.5 goals for this match. Check out their VIP predictions here.
⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Gradski vrt (22,050)
Captain: Mile Škorić
Chairman: Ferenc Sakalj
Manager: Nenad Bjelica
Competitions: Conference League Qualifiers (2nd Qualifying)