Rijeka - Slaven Belupo

Asian Handicap
Pick: AH -1 Rijeka
Odds: 2.02
Stake: 1

Match date: 12/03/2021

Rijeka and Slaven Belupo from Koprivnica will play first game of the 25th round of the 1st Croatian football league today at 6 pm CET. Both clubs are in a results crisis and this is a very important match for them, to try back on the path of success.

Rijeka holds fifth place with 32 points, where fell after not registering a victory last six rounds, and ten days ago coach Simon Rožman resigned. He was replaced by the former coach of Lokomotiva, Goran Tomić, who in his debut managed to beat Osijek 2:1 in the quarterfinals of Croatian Cup and enter in the semifinals. In the first league game, he lost as a guest against leader Dinamo 0:2, but that was expected.

Tomić is playing his first game today as host, and although there will be no crowd at the Rujevica stadium due to Covid 19 crisis, it is certain that new coach of Rijeka has a special motive, and his only goal is - win.

What he changed in relation to the former coach Rožman is tactics, that is, Tomić decided for a much more offensive approach. He no longer plays with three central defenders, and in attack he uses three to four attackers in a 4-2-3-1 formation.

This should be especially visible today, because the hosts intend to start attacks from the first minute. They miss defenders Galović, Vukčević and Smolčić, but Velkovski and Capan should do well in the back line.

Slaven Belupo has 22 points from 22 games played, it is only two points above the last place, but Lokomotiva and Istra 1961 came to 20 points from 24 games. There is still no total panic in the club from Koprivnica, but a bad and inefficient play is worrying.

In the last five rounds, Slaven was left without a goal four times, and scored two only in the 2:2 draw against Šibenik. In the last round, Slaven played a disappointing 0:0 at home against Lokomotiva. Coach Tomislav Stipić is under great criticism, and this week long-time director Zvonimir Šimunović also left the club.

Stipić could also be fired if he continues with poor results, and today he is missing three very important players, injured midfielders Bačelić Grgić and Mlinar, and experienced striker Krstanović. Team from Koprivnica is generally without self-confidence, and without excellent individuals.

This match has a fairly predictable scenario in which Rijeka will attack fiercely, and the guests will defend and look for opportunities from counter-attacks and set-pieces.

Rijeka is a better and offensively more powerful team than Slaven, they play at home, they have a new coach and new energy. Everything indicates that the weak guests have no chance and that they will lose at Rujevica by at least two goals difference.

LOST Score: 1:1 Profit: -1
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