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Varaždin journey to Stadion Gradski vrt on Sunday for the Prva Liga game with hosts NK Osijek.
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NK Osijek enter this game following a 0-0 Prva Liga stalemate vs Rijeka.
In that match, NK Osijek had 43% possession and 19 attempts at goal with 2 on target. For their opponents, Rijeka got 8 shots on goal with 1 of them on target.
Their most recent results reveal that huge efforts have been put in by the NK Osijek rearguard. Bijelo-plavi have been mean at the back, with the total number of goals that have gone in at their end during their last six outings standing at 3.
Pre-game facts show that NK Osijek:
- have not been beaten in the league by Varaždin in their last 3 games.
- are unbeaten in their last 13 league matches at home. A fantastic home record.
In the game prior to this, Varaždin drew 1-1 in the Prva Liga match with Istra 1961.
In that game, Varaždin had 45% possession and 7 attempts at goal with 1 on target. The only player to score for Varaždin was Ivan Posavec (34'). At the other end, Istra 1961 had 7 attempts at goal with 1 on target. Taichi Hara (18') scored for Istra 1961.
Over the course of 5 of the previous six clashes involving Varaždin, a notably low volume of goals have been hit between them and opposing sides. The overall average goals scored per game in that period works out to just 2, with the average goals for Bumbari standing at 0.5. That pattern isn’t assured to be carried forward into this next game, though.
Taking a look at their past results, Varaždin:
- have not registered a win against NK Osijek when having played them away from home in the previous 8 matches in the league. Not an away record to be proud of.
- are without an away win for the past 4 league matches.
Head to head
A glance at their prior head-to-head meetings going back to 30/11/2019 shows us that NK Osijek have won 4 of these & Varaždin 1, with the number of draws standing at 1.
In all, 12 goals were yielded between them during those clashes, with 8 from Bijelo-plavi and 4 being from Bumbari. That’s an average goals per game of 2.
The previous league clash featuring these sides was Prva Liga match day 23 on 26/02/2021 which ended up with the score at Varaždin 2-3 NK Osijek.
The referee was Goran Pečarić.
Team News: NK Osijek
It doesn’t get much better regarding selection, with just a single fitness concern for the NK Osijek gaffer Nenad Bjelica to be concerned with from a near full-strength set of players. Merveil Ndockyt (Ankle Surgery) is out of contention.
Team News: Varaždin
Thanks to a fully injury-free squad to choose from, Varaždin boss Zoran Kastel does not have any fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this game.
We feel that in this game, NK Osijek will probably score more than once when they face Varaždin, who will not find it easy to break down their defence.
Our tip is for a fairly comfortable 2-0 win for NK Osijek when all’s said and done.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Stadion Gradski vrt (22,050)
Captain: Mile Škorić
Chairman: Ferenc Sakalj
Manager: Nenad Bjelica
Competitions: Prva Liga position 2
🔑 Key Player: Damjan Bohar
Typically played in the Right Wing position, Damjan Bohar was born in Slovenia. Having made his senior debut playing for Zagłębie Lubin in the 2018 - 2019 season, the gifted Forward has netted 6 league goals in this Prva Liga 2020 - 2021 season to date in 26 appearances.