Lokomotiva - Hajduk

Asian Handicap
Pick: AH -0.75 Hajduk
Odds: 2.05
Stake: 1

Match date: 17/07/2021

New season in the 1st Croatian football league started on Friday, and the third game of the 1st round at 6.55 pm CET will be played in Zagreb by Lokomotiva and Hajduk from Split. Lokomotiva was very bad last season and only with a happy outcomes in the last round managed to stay in the 1st league, while Hajduk also secured fourth place in the last round and placement in the 2nd qualifying round of the European Conference League.

Lokomotiva changed coach during the summer break, 52-year-old Silvio Čabraja was brought in instead of Samir Toplak, who doesn't have a serious career behind him. Until recently, the coordinator of Lokomotiva's youth school had so far only one year of experience coaching a club on its own - from February 2015 to January 2016, he was the coach of the second division team of Lučko.

Apart from the coach that few people believe in, Lokomotiva also has a modest playing staff, which has undergone numerous changes. Marko (Laci), De Haas (PSV), Miličević (Željezničar), Soldo (Inter Zaprešić), Vranjković (Inter Zaprešić), Dajčer (Inter Zaprešić), Goričan (Inter Zaprešić), Hoxha (Balkans), Dabro came (BSK). Bijelo Brdo) and Raul (H. Dragovoljac), all in a row or second league or unproven players.

Šimić (RB Salzburg), Kovačić (Universitatea Craiova 1948), Kallaku (Teuta), Marin (Dinamo Zagreb), Assane (Llanera), Pejović (Proleter Novi Sad), Zdunić (Željezničar), Karoglan (H. Dragovoljac). Dobrić (Jarun), Oreč (Sesvete). Papadopoulos (?), Bonansea (?), Chajia (?), Hadžić (?) And Lešković (?) left club.

The biggest loss is certainly the Greek central defender Papadopoulos, who was a key player in the back line, and the attackers Chaija, Šimić and Kallaku will also be missing. The only goal of Lokomotiva is to stay in the league, this club has no major task, nor does it have the quality for that. Today, Tuci, Petrak, Mersinaj, Goričan and Hoxha were injured by the home team.

- We did a good job of preparations and I believe we are in good shape. I want to see the strong desire and will of my players. And if that happens, I believe that we can do a good job on Saturday, even though Hajduk is the favorite - says Čabraja, for whom the game against Split will actually be his first league coaching debut! Everything opposite from the hosts is in the ranks of guests from Split. With the arrival of president Lukša Jakobušić and sports director Mindaugas Nikoličius, Hajduk finally got capable and ambitious people, who have maximum ambition to bring trophies to Split after many years of staggering.

They brought in 41-year-old Swedish coach Jens Gustafsson, but also kept two capital players, offensive midfielder Marko Livaj and goalkeeper Lovro Kalinic. They came to the club Lovrencsics (Ferencvaros), Vuković (Osijek), Mlakar (Brighton), Elez (Hannover), Sahiti (Sibenik), Eduok (Konyaspor), Dellova (Pristina) and Perić (Neretvanac), and the two midfielders left Jurić and Nejašmić, and in that position Hajduk wants to bring in new players in the transfer period.

In the preparatory matches, Hajduk had several victories, but also a 1:3 defeat in the last one against Zrinjski from Mostar. Gustafsson criticized the players after that defeat, but he is convinced that they will be maximally motivated in the 1st round against Lokomotiva.

- After six weeks of preparation, we are happy that the season is starting. We feel good and I think we have a competitive team to start the season. I had a lot of information about the fans, but I am surprised how great Hajduk is for the people from Split, how much this club means to the fans and how much they want to win. This motivates me even more to help people in their efforts to achieve the title of champion together - said coach Gustafsson, who is missing only the Swedish midfielder Kačaniklić.

Young, inexperienced and insufficiently organized Lokomotiva and never better and stronger Hajduk at the beginning of the season in the last many years. There is no doubt here, Hajduk will win, most likely and convincingly...

LOST Score: 2:2 Profit: -1
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