Slaven Belupo make the trip to Stadion Anđelko Herjavec on Friday for the Prva Liga fixture with hosts Varaždin.
Our Varaždin v Slaven Belupo tips, poll and stats can be seen in full below (including the best match odds).
Varaždin will be looking to improve on their last outing here following a 2-1 Prva Liga defeat last time out to Rijeka.
For Varaždin, the goals were scored by Jorge Obregón (17') and Marko Stolnik (20' Own goal).
Varaždin have really struggled up front in more recent games. Their sum of goals stands at just 4 versus opponents over the course of their last six outings. In those meetings, Bumbari have also seen the number of goals scored against them come to 8.
A look at their previous results shows us that Varaždin:
haven’t been beaten in the league by Slaven Belupo in their previous 4 matches.
are without a win at home for the past 4 league games. Their supporters are understandably frustrated.
Slaven Belupo will go into the game following on from a 5-1 Prva Liga win with the eclipse of Istra 1961 in their most recent game.
For Slaven Belupo, the goalscorers were Tomislav Božić (31', 45'), Ivan Krstanović (50'), Nemanja Glavčić (61') and Martin Boakye (78'). Matej Vuk (85') was the scorer for Istra 1961.
Looking at their form, and Slaven Belupo have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 matches, seeing their opponents hit 10 goals in all. At the back, Farmaceuti have seen their frailties exposed. Even so, we will just have to wait and see whether that trend will be replicated in this upcoming game or not.
Pre-game facts show that Slaven Belupo:
have left without a victory over Varaždin when they have played them away from home in the previous 2 matches in the league.
are without a win away from home in their last 8 league games. What a terrible run of away results.
Head to head
A glance at their prior head-to-head clashes stretching back to 01/10/2011 shows that Varaždin have won 1 of them & Slaven Belupo 2, with the tally of drawn matches being 3.
A combined sum of 7 goals were produced between them during those clashes, with 2 of them from Bumbari and 5 created by Farmaceuti. That’s an average goals per game of 1.17.
Team News: Varaždin
Varaždin boss Samir Toplak has a full complement, with no fitness worries to speak of coming into this game with a fully healthy group ready to go.
Team News: Slaven Belupo
Owing to a fully healthy group available to choose from, Slaven Belupo manager Tomislav Stipić has zero fitness concerns whatsoever before this clash.
We’re inclined to think that Slaven Belupo and Varaždin could well both score and end up finding themselves in a fairly even game here.
Let’s see what happens, but it could well be that we end up with scores level. Therefore, we predict a close game with a 1-1 score at the end of this game.
What are the best odds for this match?
Regarding the latest bookmaker odds in the 90 min. result market, backing Varaždin is available for 2.805, betting on the draw is 3.28 and betting on victory for Slaven Belupo is 2.435. Those are the best of the prices available at the current time.