Rijeka - Varaždin

Under / Over
Pick: Over 2.25 goals
Odds: 1.61
Stake: 1

Match date: 21/03/2021

Rijeka and Varaždin will play today at 3 pm CET match of 26th round of the 1st Croatian football league. Sunny weather, without wind and 8 degrees Celsius is expected at the Rujevica stadium in Rijeka (last time heavy rain in Rijeka destroyed my bet).

For both clubs, this is a very important match because Rijeka will have a 'dead race' with Hajduk for the fourth place until the end of Championship, which can bring a performance in UEFA Conference League, while ninth-placed Varaždin is fighting to stay in the league and has only two points more than last club Lokomotiva.

Rijeka recently changed coach, and in the last match they finally broke black series of seven league games without a win. Team of coach Goran Tomić won as a guest Slaven Belupo 3:1 and finally showed their attacking potential. Tomić will insist on him in today's duel with Varaždin, and he announced four offensive players (Drmić, Murić, Menalo, Andrijašević) in a 4-2-3-1 tactical formation from the first minute.

There are special expectations from Josip Drmić, who was brought this winter as a significant attacking reinforcement, and against Slaven he finally scored his first goal for Rijeka. This will certainly bring him big self-confidence, and the whole team is in a much better mood after coming out of the crisis, and before two weeks break, Rijeka will certainly give his maximum against Varaždin. The host will be without midfielder Pavičić and two important defenders Escoval and Smolčić.

Varaždin is in a bad period after three consecutive defeats, but they experienced them against Dinamo (0:5), Hajduk (0:2) and Osijek (2:3), three teams with much better quality.

Coach Zoran Kastel's team didn't have solutions in defense in those matches, and against Osijek they gambled lead 2:0 and lost 2:3. Kastel still has problems with his team today, because lacks three standard first team players, goalkeeper Horkaš, left back Urata and defensive midfielder Đurasek.

Varaždin, however, announces a brave play today, something similar to January when they beat Rijeka 2:1 at their stadium. In last three visits here, they always played well, but still lost, once 1:3, and twice with the result 1:2.

The guests hope that they will score at least one goal again, Obregon, Herrera, Posavec and Boban as their attacking hopes are ready and guest doesn't intend to just be on defense mode in Rujevica.

This is a match in which there will be no calculation, Rijeka will attack from the first minute, and Varaždin can be dangerous in counter-attacks. Both clubs have a lot of problems in defense and the impression is that there will be goals in Rujevica.

That’s why 3+ is pretty realistic to expect today. It happened in 7 of the last 9 games of these two clubs last and this season.

HALF LOST Score: 2:0 Profit: -0.5
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