Oriolik - Istra 1961


Croatia
Asian Handicap
Pick: AH -1.50 Istra
Odds: 1.72
Stake: 1
SBO

Match date: 16/03/2021

The third league club Oriolik and the first league club Istra 1961, will play quarterfinal match of the Croatian Cup today at 3 pm CET, and the winner will play against Rijeka in the semifinals. Realistically, this is a duel between David and Goliath, and guests from Pula are big favorites at the stadium in Oriovac near Slavonski Brod.


Oriolik was very lucky in the draw and on the way to the quarterfinals eliminated three third division teams (Karlovac, Split, Rudar Labin), clubs of similar quality. But today, for the first time, they will play against the first league club, a far better, physically more powerful and well-coordinated team.


Oriolik, in his 3rd HNL East league, isn't among the best club, it is only in eighth place with 27 points from 17 games. For the weekend, team of coach Milan Tomljenović played at home 1:1 against Đakovo-Croatia, and one bad news is red card of midfielder Kokotović. He has no right to play today against Istra and that is a significant handicap for the home team.


Istra 1961 is at best moment in the whole season after scored three wins in the league and escaped from last place, which gives big dose of confidence for the next games. Before that, Istra won in the eighth-finals of the Cup as a guest first league club Šibenik 2:0, which confirms that has serious ambition in this competition, especially because in the semifinals is waiting for a big local rival Rijeka.


Many good things were brought to Istra play by the new coach Danijel Jumić, who today is looking for the most serious approach of his players. He will make some changes in the starting 11, but he has taken all important players on this trip, so they can enter from the bench if needed. Jumić will play with three strikers (Guzina, Vuk, Špoljarić), who are very eager to play and prove themselves to the coach.


This is a duel of unequal rivals, and it is difficult for the host to do anything more in attack. Oriolik will try to defend themselves, as long as they can, while main goal of guests from Pula will be to resolve the issue of the winner, as soon as possible.


Istra will surely impose a strong rhythm of attack from the first minute and in the end, the victory of at least two goals difference is quite realistic. There is too much difference in quality between these two clubs.

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WIN Score: 0:3 Profit: +0.72
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