Istra 1961 - Gorica

Asian Handicap
Pick: AH +0.25 Istra
Odds: 1.8
Stake: 1

Match date: 02/05/2021

Istra 1961 and Gorica from 5 pm CET play match of 32nd round of the 1st Croatian Football League, which is of big importance for both clubs. This is especially true of Istra, which again fell to last place and in the fight to stay every point is capital, while Gorica is defending third place and appearance in 2nd qualifying round of the newly formed Conference League.

Istra 1961 has made progress with new coach Danijel Jumić, even entered in the Cup finals, but it's crucial for them to keep the status of the first league club for next season. In the last few rounds, club from Pula had a very difficult schedule of games, they played with the four best Croatian clubs (Hajduk, Dinamo, Rijeka, Osijek), but in the last match a draw was recorded with direct rival Varaždin (1:1) and that game it brought encouragement and confidence.

For this match against Gorica, only defender Galilea and the injured striker Guzina are missing from the more important players, but the hosts have a solution to make substitute. In a 3-5-2 tactical formation, Gržan and Hara will be in attack, two players who can be very dangerous for any defense, and Ivančić and Špoljarić can threaten from the background.

The dream of the Cup final at his stadium was shattered for Gorica with a semi-final defeat 1:4 in overtime against Dinamo on Wednesday, so Sunday's match with Istra 1961 will not be a prelude to the final.

Istra is in final, and players from Velika Gorica haven't reached it, and they are still playing overtime. This is a difficult task for Siniša Oreščanin's team today, primarily in terms of energy and psychology, because 120 minutes of battle with Dinamo, with another 70 minutes and with a player less, cannot pass without consequences. No one was seriously injured and joined Suk, Lovrić (the best player and scorer with 15 goals) and Kalik, but it's not easy to estimate how much fuel is left in the tank, as it is popularly said.

With a red card that destroyed Velika Gorica on Maksimir, left back Cheick Keita was excluded from the game in Pula, while striker Matar Dieye did the same with three yellows in the last league match.

- Every game in the league is difficult, everyone is fighting for something, but we will give everything for Europe - said young U-21 national team player Josip Krizmanić, who instead of Keita takes the place of left back, while in the role of central-back is returned by Steenvoorden, who was stopped by a red card for match against Dinamo.

Instead of Dieye in attack will play Ognjen Mudrinski, the author of nine league goals this season in 1029 minutes on the field through 24 games, entering mostly from the bench.

League matches of these rivals in the past years were, as a rule, very uncertain, especially in Pula, where the last four duels each time ended without a winner. The host has to do everything to win at least a point to escape from the last place, while the guests want a positive result, but they are tired and without a few important players. Somehow the impression is that Istra 1961 will not lose this match at least.

LOST Score: 0:2 Profit: -1
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