Lokomotiva - Šibenik

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Pick: AH-0.25 Lokomotiva
Odds: 1.82
Stake: 1

Match date: 30/04/2021

First match of 32nd round of the 1st Croatian football league at 6 pm CET will be played in Zagreb by Lokomotiva and Šibenik. Lokomotiva is the last and this is a "live or die" match, while Šibenik is sixth and will almost certainly stay in the league.

Lokomotiva showed little good in this Championship, they had and still have big problems with injured players, but in the last two rounds they woke up, at least when it comes to goals. Lokomotiva beat Varaždin 4:0, and lost against Gorica 2:4, but in that defeat, bad reactions in defense cost her dearly, and goalkeeper Hendija was also desperate.

Coach Samir Toplak first decided to change the goalkeeper for this match with Šibenik, today on the goal line will be experienced Santini, which should be a good solution. Toplak will make a few more changes in the line-up, all with the idea of ??winning three points.

Without that, Lokomotiva will most likely drop out of the league, in the last two rounds they will play against Osijek and Hajduk, so two more home games against Šibenik and Slaven Belupo are crucial. These are not easy tasks, but must to go bravely and offensively, no matter what.

- We are aware of the importance of this duel, I hope that my players are already a little used to the pressure that will follow us until the last round. The situation is similar to one before duel with Varaždin, then my team reacted great and with the victory we came back to life. And if we beat Šibenik, then we will definitely get into a position where we will have no less chance of staying than Varaždin and Istra - says coach Toplak, who misses attackers Aliyu, Hadžić and Tuci the most, so he believes that young Šimić and Marin, as well as Algerian Chaija, can flash today.

Šibenik beat Slaven Belupo 2:0 in the last round at home and that victory will be the key to a peaceful dream. A point would be welcome today, but guest coach Sergi Escobar also has problems with absences. Captain Bulat, the most important player in the organization of play, was injured, as was Ampem, the fastest striker for counter-attacks.

Escobar will most likely opt for defensive tactics, for guests one point is enough and they don't need to take risks. They will patiently wait for opportunities for counter-attacks and believe that the hosts will be nervous and make mistakes.

- It will not be an easy match, the hosts will go one hundred percent, but I see no reason why we wouldn't do our best. In that case, we can hope for a positive result and ensure that we stay in the league. With good games, we gained confidence. The whole team, not just the back line, plays very well on defense - said Escobar.

Lokomotiva played a great last game at home when they were also in a 'must win' situation against Varaždin, they found a recipe for scoring goals and that is the most important thing. They will have the same task against Šibenik, because guests will defend, but that is nothing unexpected. The impression is that hosts could score three points today, because otherwise they have little chance of avoiding relegation.

WIN Score: 1:0 Profit: +0.82
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