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Varaždin head to Gradski stadion Ivan Kušek-Apaš on Friday for the Prva Liga tie with home side Slaven Belupo.
Full predictions, stats & game poll for the Slaven Belupo v Varaždin match are shown here including the latest game odds.
Slaven Belupo will be hoping to bounce back here following a 0-3 Prva Liga defeat last time out to Istra 1961.
In that game, Slaven Belupo managed 49% possession and 12 shots on goal with 2 of them on target. Istra 1961 got 9 shots on goal with 6 of them on target. Vinko Petković (10'), Ante Erceg (29') and Reda Boultam (67') scored for Istra 1961.
Over their past six games, Zoran Zekić's Slaven Belupo have hit the target 5 times which gives them an average number of goals scored per match of 0.83.
Coming into this clash, Slaven Belupo haven't been beaten in the league by Varaždin in their previous 5 matches.
Varaždin will come into the clash following a 1-2 Prva Liga win with the defeat of Lokomotiva Zagreb in their previous game.
In that game, Varaždin had 44% possession and 14 attempts at goal with 7 of them on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Varaždin was Tonio Teklić (51', 95'). Lokomotiva Zagreb had 11 attempts on goal with 5 of them on target. Mateo Marić (91') scored for Lokomotiva Zagreb.
The stats tell the story, and Varaždin have been scored against in 6 of their last 6 games, seeing opposing sides hit 8 goals overall. Defensively, Varaždin could really do with shoring things up.
Their past results show that Varaždin:
- have left without a victory over Slaven Belupo in away games against them for the last 6 league games. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- are unbeaten in their last 4 league matches away from home.
Head to head
An examination of their past head to head meetings stretching back to 04/07/2020 shows that Slaven Belupo have won 4 of them & Varaždin 1, with the tally of drawn results standing at 1.
A sum of 10 goals were shared by the two clubs during those clashes, with 7 from Farmaceuti and 3 being from Bumbari. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 1.67.
The last league encounter featuring these clubs was Prva Liga match day 1 on 17/07/2022 which finished with the scoreline of Varaždin 0-1 Slaven Belupo.
On that day, Varaždin had 56% possession and 13 shots at goal with 3 of them on target.
At the other end, Slaven Belupo had 18 attempts at goal with 9 on target. Mateo Kocijan (49') was the scorer.
The match was refereed by Ivan Bebek.
Team News: Slaven Belupo
The Slaven Belupo boss Zoran Zekić does not have any fitness worries whatsoever before this match thanks to a fully healthy group ready to go.
Team News: Varaždin
Due to a completely injury-free squad available for selection, the Varaždin boss Mario Kovačević doesn’t have any fitness concerns whatsoever before this clash.
In our opinion, Varaždin are likely to find the net against this Slaven Belupo side, however that possibly won’t be as many as they’ll concede.
Our tip is for a close game with a 2-1 win for Slaven Belupo at the end of the 90 minutes. Let’s just see how this one goes.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Gradski stadion Ivan Kušek-Apaš (3,205)
Captain: Tomislav Božić
Chairman: Hrvoje Kolarić
Manager: Zoran Zekić
Competitions: Prva Liga position 2
🔑 Star Man: Ante Crnac
Mostly playing in the Left Wing position, Ante Crnac was born in Sisak, Croatia. After making a first senior appearance for Slaven Belupo in the 2022 - 2023 season, the goalscoring Forward has managed 2 league goals in the HNL 2022 - 2023 campaign to date from a total of 9 appearances.