HNK Gorica and Istra 1961 meet at ŠRC Velika Gorica, in a match for the 5 th round of 1. HNL. The history of direct confrontations played in this stadium is favorable to the home team, which in the last 4 matches won 2, drew 1 and lost 1. Indeed, the last time these two teams played a match at this stadium, in 28 ‑02‑2020, for the 1. HNL, HNK Gorica won by (3‑0). Particular attention is needed for the home / away condition, as both teams present significantly different results at home and away.
HNK Gorica :
The home team is currently in 2nd position, with 12 points won, after 4 victories. In the penultimate match, they won at home against Šibenik by (3‑2). In the last match, they won in an away match against Lokomotiva Zagreb by (1‑2). This is a team that curiously has been stronger as visitors than in their home games, since in the last 30 games they have registered 7 wins, 6 draws and 2 losses as a visitor; against 5 wins, 7 draws and 3 losses in his stadium. In their last 10 home matches HNK Gorica has recorded 4 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses.
For this competition, he records a sequence of 4 wins in his last matches. Their defense has not been very strong, as they have conceded at least one goal in each of the last 4 matches, but their attack has scored regularly, as they have scored at least one goal in each of the last 4 matches for this competition.
The local team has shown excellent performance in this start of the championship, since in four games they added four victories. In the last game, they beat Lokomotiva 2-1, outside their domain. Returning to act at home, it will be crucial to maintain his performance to compete among the top finishers in the national competition.
Istra 1961 :
The visiting team is currently in 10th position, without any points won, after 4 defeats. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Rijeka by (2‑1). In the last match, they lost at home to Varaždin by (0‑1). This is a stronger team with the support of their fans, since in the last 30 games they have registered 1 victory and 14 losses as a visitor; against 4 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses in his stadium. In their last 10 away matches, Istra 1961 has recorded 1 win and 9 losses.
For this competition, record a sequence of 4 losses in the last matches. Their defense has not been very solid, since they have conceded at least one goal in each of the last 4 matches, and their attack has not been very effective, since they did not score goals in 3 of the last 4 matches for this competition.
Istra are the last classified in the competition, with four consecutive defeats, the last one against Varazdin, by a score of 1-0. Also, in the last ten games, the team has eight losses, one draw and only one win. One of the problems the team faces is in its defensive system, as it has suffered goals in eight of the last ten games.