Gorica - Slaven Belupo

Asian Handicap
Pick: AH +0,5 Slaven
Odds: 1.83
Stake: 1

Match date: 21/08/2021

Gorica and Slaven Belupo from Koprivnica will play today at 6.55 pm CET match of 6th round of the 1st Croatian football league. The hosts have six points and the guests five and this could be a very even and uncertain match.

Last season, Gorica lost third place and a place in the preliminary round of the Conference League in last round (defeat 1:2 against Rijeka), so coach Siniša Oreščanin was sacked, and 48-year-old Krunoslav Rendulić, who previously led Istria 1961 and Šibenik in Croatia, is new coach.

Rendulić was left without some important players (Špikić, Mudrinski, Hamad, Moro), and young and inexperienced players were brought. It's unlikely that the club from Velika Gorica will be able to fight for the European places this season, and at the moment a big problem is injuries and illnesses.

Central defender Steenvoorden and long-injured defensive midfielder Suk cannot play today, and two midfielders Ngouali and Kalik returned to training this week after a break due to injuries, and the club's best player and scorer Kristijan Lovrić hasn't trained in the last few days! He will probably play today, but the question is in what condition he is. Without Lovrić, Gorica isn't the same team, because there is no such high-quality individual.

Slaven Belupo is an average team that hasn't been better than seventh place for years, but it's a solid and well-organized team that doesn't concede goals easily and this season is better as a guest (victory over Dinamo 2:0 and a draw in Osijek 0:0).

Slaven also has a new coach Dean Klafurić, who will have a special motive today because he was born in Velika Gorica, and in the past he coached Gorica and knows the situation in the ranks of rivals very well.

Klafurić plays defensive system 3-4-2-1 and the first goal is not to concede a goal, and then look for opportunities from counte-rattacks and set-piece situations. The guests have no problems with absences, they come in the strongest team, and last season in Velika Gorica they won twice with the result 1 0, while before that they had one draw 0:0, when it was played in heavy rain. At the end of 2019, they celebrated 2:1 in a Cup match here.

This is a match in which there are no favorites, and as the home team is in problem with the best player Lovrić, it's a significant advantage for the guests from Koprivnica. It's definitely a value bet that Slaven Belupo will not lose this game, and the other option is that there will be no three goals in total...

LOST Score: 1:0 Profit: -1
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