Hajduk - Slaven Belupo

Asian Handicap
Pick: AH -1,25 Hajduk
Odds: 2.14
Stake: 1

Match date: 14/08/2021

Match of 5th round of the 1st Croatian football league tonight at 9 pm CET will be played by Hajduk from Split and Slaven Belupo from Koprivnica. It's a duel of the hosts, which is one of the clubs that will fight for title of champion and average away team, which for many seasons cannot be better than seventh place in the league of 10 clubs.

Hajduk managed to recover from the shock of elimination in the Conference League from Kazakhstan's Tobol with two victories in the league, and thus fix a worse entry into domestic Championship after 2:2 against Lokomotiva and 1:2 against Osijek. The wounds were bandaged with 1:0 against Šibenik, which was probably the most difficult match because it followed three days after the sensation 1:4 lost against Tobol. That match was pulled to the muscles, and then followed by a victory to definitely boost self-confidence. Those 3:1 in Velika Gorica, first victory in nine attempts there, it could have far-reaching positive consequences for the ambitions of the 'Whites'.

After putting together the best team in the last 10 years, club from Split now believe in a series of victories, regained their self-confidence and tonight waves of attack are expected from the first minute. A great game in the last round was played by captain Marko Livaja, he is engine of this team, a man who changes things on the field with one move or goal.

Coach Jens Gustafsson will not change anything in the line-up, he will most likely start with same 11 players as against Gorica, and goalkeeper Kalinić, central defender Vušković and offensive midfielder Kačaniklić are absent due to injuries.

- We scored three goals in the last match, I hope we will continue like that againt Slaven - said coach Gustafsson, and Slaven is one of the most favorite guests in Split, because has only one victory in 37 league matches.

Slaven Belupo has five points in four starting rounds, and he reached them with a lot of luck. He managed to sensationally beat Dinamo 2:0 and play 0:0 in Osijek while both clubs were in a series of far more important European matches, but at home barely scored a point in two games, and equalized against Šibenik in the last minute.

Slaven is led by anonymous coach Dean Klafurić, for whom this is the first club in the 1st HNL, and profile of the team is such that they don't have creative players, but rely on defense and counter-attacks, and the attack is led by 39-year-old striker Krstanović. The guests know that they are coming to Split at an awkward moment, Hajduk has woken up and is only interested in victory, which means that they will be forced to defend.

- Hajduk has consolidated after the European failure and it's clear that wants to continue this positive series. I have no doubt that the atmosphere in the stands will be football, which should be encouraging for my players as well - said guest coach Dean Klafurić.

Even before the start of the season, I emphasized that this will be the year when serious money should be taken from Hajduk's victories. It wasn't like that in the first few games, but the last round and victory in Velika Gorica changed everything. And a much stronger team than Slaven Belupo will sign the capitulation against club from Split, which will be stronger and safer the longer the team is together, and since Hajduk doesn't play in Europe, its full concentration on the domestic Championship. Hajduk has an exceptional attacking quality and at his stadium victories of two or three goals difference will be very common. From tonight onwards...

WIN Score: 2:0 Profit: +1.14
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