Varaždin - Gorica

Asian Handicap
Pick: AH +0,5 Varaždin
Odds: 1.71
Stake: 1

Match date: 03/02/2021

Eighth-placed Varaždin and third-placed Gorica will play in first match of today's 19th round of the 1st Croatian football league at 3 p.m. Nice weather is expected (12 C), but also muddy pitch because it was cleared of snow yesterday, which fell on Sunday.

This is Varaždin's third game in 2021, and after the home win against the favored Rijeka 2:1, they lost away against Slaven Belupo 0:2. Oscillations marked the performances of this club in the first half of the season, but there are no calculations in the fight to stay in the league, especially at home stadium. Varaždin must to collect points without thinking about who is on the other side, especially because the season is very uncertain, as it was not a long time ago.

The best information is from last round, when it happened only for the second time in 29 years that Dinamo, Hajduk and Rijeka, three biggest Croatian clubs, lost in the same round of the 1st HNL.

At the beginning of the week, Varaždin brought two new strikers Herrera and Boban, who will certainly bring quality, but today they will wait for an opportunity on the bench, and the main striker will again be very good Colombian Obregon, who scored four goals this season. Coach of the home team Zoran Kastel also has several players who were injured (Kolarić, Vuk, Peco, Guera Djou), but they are not standard first team players, so it can be said that Varaždin will play in practically the strongest team.

Gorica changed their coach this winter, and new strategist Siniša Oreščanin reached his first victory in Rijeka (2:0) in the last round. Two goals were scored by the best player in Gorica, Kristijan Lovrić, who is also the best scorer in the league with 12 goals. Goalkeeper Ivan Banić was also excellent in Rijeka and he actually saved three points, which strengthened Gorica in third place with 33 points in 17 games. However, the match in Rijeka brought many problems for today's match. Both defensive midfielders Suk and Babec received a third yellow card and were suspended for today, as was defender Moro who received a red card. Left back Marijan Čabraja has been sold to Dinamo, so Gorica no longer has a player playing with his left foot in that position, so right back Musa Muhammed will fill that position today.

Captain and first goalkeeper Kahlina, central defender Steenvoorden, is still injured, while midfielder Kalik didn't play in Rijeka, and he is not completely ready even now. Definitely, Oreščanin will send an experimental team to the field today, which has never played together before, and that could be problematic. Gorica is also more tired than the hosts. This is her fourth game in 14 days and poor pitch isn't conducive to Gorica's combinatorial play.

Bookmakers give advantage to the guests due to the difference in points (33-15), but this will be an equal game in which there are no favorites. I will be live on this match and talking with coach and several Gorica players yesterday, they all told me that they expected a very difficult job, and that one point would be completely good result. That is why the option that Varaždin will not lose, seems like a tempting bet.

Possible first 11:

Varaždin: Horkaš - Tkalčić, Stolnik, Pellumbi, Urata - Senić, Đurasek - Petković, Postonjski, Posavec - Obregon

Gorica: Banić - Doka, Jovičić, Krizmanić, Muhammed - Pršir, Hamad - Špikić, Dvorneković, Lovrić - Dieye

WIN Score: 2:1 Profit: +0.71
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  • 2
    Nemanja 03/02/2021 10:10:27
    Agree with you,I took this line yesterday.Also I took under 2.5,I dont see much goals here.Do u agree?pozdrav
  • 3
    Moderator 03/02/2021 15:56:39
    Odds on this bet are changed from 1.74 to 1.71 following accuracy / please take care of it next time. Good luck with the bet!
  • 4
    CK 03/02/2021 16:52:58
    What a beautiful come from behind win. Bro Kaskader, you are the best. 

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