Osijek II - H. dragovoljac

Asian Handicap
Pick: AH +0.25 HD
Odds: 1.84
Stake: 1

Match date: 22/02/2021

Last match of 19th round of the 2nd Croatian football league will play today at 3 pm CET Osijek II and Hrvatski dragovoljac. Nice weather is expected and around 15 degrees Celsius in Osijek.

Second team of the first league club Osijek has experienced big changes in the winter break, and enters the second half with a number of new and very young players. The biggest losses are in the midfield, where Mišković, Todorov, Prpić Bosanac and Ljubić went, and coach Igor Tolić also lost Patrick, Gačić, Magdić...

In the first league game in 2021., Osijek II was defeated by Orient 0:3, which is a clear sign that coach Tolić has a difficult job ahead of him in the continuation of the Championship, although is currently in seventh place with 27 points in 18 games. Today, against the leading club Hrvatski dragovoljac, there is an additional problem that midfielders Benić and Babin have cards, so Tolić will have to do a lot of experiments in the starting line-up.

Only thing that is certain is that Latković, Beljo and Sekulić will play in the attack, and those three players are actually the only link with the team that played in the first part of the Championship. They scored 13 of Osijek's 23 goals, but in fact the real strength of this team was defense, which conceded only 10 goals in the first part. The fact that already in the first appearance in 2021., new back-line conceded three goals, and the midfield was bad, clearly shows that Osijek II is not in the desired form at this moment.

Hrvatski dragovoljac from Zagreb started the second half with a 1:0 away win against Croatia from Zmijavci and is leading club in the league with 35 points. His biggest competitor for placement in the 1st league is Dugopolje, which has three points less, so every game and every point is very important.

During the winter break, HD changed the coach, and former assistant Miroslav Kuljanac took over this team, which he knows very well. There were also a few roster changes, but most of major players stay in club, and some new and potentially very good acquisitions were added. Kuljanac plays in a slightly more defensive system 4-2-3-1 than his predecessor, and there are two new central defenders Bagadur and Ivkič, who played great in the first game against Croatia. Guests are also a very good team with mobile midfielders, and their goal today is not to allow Osijek any domination, that is, to distance home players as much as possible from the net of goalkeeper Šubarić. There are no problems with absences and injuries in Kuljanac team.

Bookmakers give a certain advantage to the hosts, but this is surprising, because Osijek II made many changes in roster and now has a very young and inexperienced line-up. Guests from Zagreb are more experienced, physically stronger and better organized team, and my impression is that Hrvatski dragovoljac will not lose this match.

HALF WIN Score: 0:0 Profit: +0.42
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