Gorica - Hajduk

Under / Over
Pick: Under 2,5 goals
Odds: 1.86
Stake: 1

Match date: 13/03/2021

Third-placed Gorica and fifth-placed Hajduk will play match of 25th round of the 1st Croatian league today from 17.05 CET. These two clubs share a 15-point difference, but Gorica has two games played more. For three days, same rivals will play in quarterfinals of the Croatian Cup at the same stadium in Velika Gorica near capital Zagreb.

Gorica has made a big step forward this season and practically secured a European appearance for the first time in the club's history, but big job needs to be completed in the remaining 12 games.

After changed coach during the winter break, Valdas Dambrauskas left, and Siniša Oreščanin came, there were no significant changes in Gorica's play, but there is still visible progress in the defense phase. In the last six rounds, only two goals were conceded and 14 points were won.

The most important thing for the hosts in this match with Hajduk is not to lose, and maintain the current advantage, so it isn't to be expected that there will be too much risk in attack.

It will be patiently building attacks and waiting for opportunities, primarily through the best player and scorer Kristijan Lovrić (15 goals, scored against all 9 opponents in the league). Coach Oreščanin has practically the strongest team available, only midfielder Mitrović is missing, but he isn't standard in the starting 11.

Hajduk from Split did poorly in the first part of the season, but in the winter they lined up by bringing new coach and four excellent players (Livaja - striker, midfielders Fossati and Kačaniklić, goalkeeper Kalinić). As expected, Italian expert Paolo Tramezzani worked on the defensive segment of play, Hajduk didn't concede a goal in the last four games and is coming to Velika Gorica with a lot of optimism, where he has never won in three seasons (four defeats and one draw in the league).

Hajduk believe that today is the day to pay back debts to the hosts, although Tramezzani has problems with line-up. Midfielder Fossati is missing due to a booking, and strikers Umut Nayir and Diamantakos are injured. These are important individuals in his conception, so more defensive tactics are expected, and only Livaja and Jairo should be in the attack, with the help of offensive midfielder Kačaniklić.

As for the home team, it is also very important for the guests not to lose this match. Yesterday, after a heavy rain, Rijeka unexpectedly lost two points against Slaven (1:1), so Hajduk can returns fourth place with one point today, which in the end may be enough to qualify for the Conference League (depending on who will win the Cup).

This match should be viewed in the light of one in three days in quarterfinals of Cup. Realistically, that duel on Tuesday is more important for both clubs, because by going to the semifinals they remain in the fight for the trophy. Therefore, there could be certain calculations and hiding of real power today.

Both coaches are excellent tacticians, they will try to block the best rival players (Lovrić - Livaja), and this could be a game in which it will not be easy to create chances for goals. Given the form of goalkeepers and defense of both clubs, in Velika Gorica today should remain under three goals in total.

WIN Score: 1:1 Profit: +0.86
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  • 1
    kaskader 13/03/2021 14:20:05
    Unfortunately or not, Pinaccle and Asian bookmakers don’t have this 2. HNL match in offer, so I’ll write it here as unofficial. For me, the victory of Dugopolje, so whoever wants, can play in local bookmakers.

    Osijek II - Dugopolje 2

    Within the 22nd round of the 2nd Croatian football league, Osijek II and Dugopolje will meet at 3.30 pm. It is a match between two clubs that have completely different goals because the host is the youngest team in the league and its results are not crucial, while the second-placed Dugopolje is fighting for a place in the 1st HNL and is 5 points behind the leading Croatian volunteer.

    The second team of the Osijek first league does not have a player older than 22, and this winter it has undergone additional changes. In four games of the second part of the championship, she won two points and scored only one goal against the 17-placed Hero. Coach Igor Tolić is also in trouble with the team today because he is missing several players, including both goalkeepers Barešić and Kovačević, so today the club's junior goalkeeper, 18-year-old Franko Kolić, will play in the championship for the first time. There are also problems in the attack because the two best scorers, Sekulić and Latković, were injured (both scored five goals).

    Dugopolje played a big derby with Hrvatski dragovoljac in the last round, and despite a better game and two leads 1: 0 and 2: 1, in the end it ended 2: 2. Coach Jure Srzić and his players were disappointed that they did not beat the club from Zagreb, which yesterday won its match with Međimurje with a 5-0 victory.

    Now in Dugopolje, the imperative of victory in Osijek is, and coach Srzić cannot count on two midfielders Brković and Kovačević, but they are not so important in his conception. He announced an 4-3-3 offensive formation, and the trio of attackers Šego - Kreković - Markota, are the main strength of the guests, who will certainly try to dictate the rhythm of the game and push the hosts into defense.

    In this match, Osijek II plays for the prestige and affirmation of young players, and Dugopolje for placement in a higher rank. The hosts are significantly weakened and out of shape, while the guests are practically complete and extremely motivated. Dugopolje should use the momentum and take three points here, because every game has capital significance for placement in the 1st HNL.
    Also, Solin - BSK 1 and Rudeš - Dinamo X2

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