Osijek - Rijeka

Draw No Bet
Pick: DNB Osijek
Odds: 1.72
Stake: 1

Match date: 03/03/2021

Osijek and Rijeka will play quarterfinal match of the Croatian Cup today at 2.30 pm CET, and the winner will reach semifinals. If there is a draw after 90 minutes, extra time will be played.

Osijek is in a big rush this season and shares first place with Dinamo in the league, but also has a clear ambition to win the trophy in the Cup. Therefore, coach Nenad Bjelica will go in this match with the best team he has at disposal, although he also has several injured players. Midfielder Brlek and defender Cherebko are the ones who could be missing, but Bjelica has other solutions.

Also, home coach will change the formation and play in a 4-4-2 schedule to have two strikers in first 11, excellent Mierez (16 goals in the league) and the newcomer Santini, who scored a goal immediately in his first appearance against Varaždin last Friday. Osijek had 0:2 in the league in Varaždin, but in the end won 3:2, which once again showed the strength of this team and its big self-confidence.

Everything opposite to Osijek is happening this year for Rijeka, which is in total drop, and after the defeat 0:1 against Hajduk on last Saturday, coach Simon Rožman resigned. Goran Tomić became the new coach, who led Lokomotiva from Zagreb last season as well.

However, the main problem of Rijeka is the players, their poorer quality, poor form and fatigue, because they must played many from 2020. It is unlikely that Tomić can change anything significantly after only two training sessions, so defensive tactics are to be expected today in Osijek. This was the case ten days ago in a league match between these two rivals, and Osijek won 2:0 with a excellent play.

Osijek also has a big motive because last season was eliminated in the semifinals against Rijeka, after big refereeing mistakes. Also, today the guests are missing two important defenders Velkovski and Smolčić.

Quality, form and freshness, all this is on the side of Osijek today and at its stadium Gradski vrt (six months without defeat on it) is certainly the favorite to win against disharmonic and tired guests from Rijeka.

LOST Score: 1:2 Profit: -1
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  • 1
    CK 03/03/2021 16:01:48
    Bad luck again? 

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