Lokomotiv Zagreb and Varaždin meet at Stadion Kranjčevićeva, in a match for the 32nd round of the 1. HNL. The two teams tied (1‑1), on 17‑08‑2019, in the previous meeting for this edition of the league. The record of direct confrontations for the last 3 years is favorable to the home team, which in the last 3 matches won 2 and tied 1. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 21‑02‑2020, ended with victory from Lokomotiv Zagreb by (0‑2). The home / away condition deserves particular attention, since despite this being a match between 2nd and 8th in the league table, it is actually a confrontation between the 4th ranked in home matches and the 7th in away matches.
The home team is currently in 2nd place, with 54 points won, after 16 wins, 6 draws and 9 losses. In the penultimate match, they won at home against Hajduk Split by (3‑2). In the last match, they tied in an away match against Istra 1961, by (1‑1). This is a stronger team in their stadium, where they conquered 34 points, against only 19 in their away games. In their last 10 home matches for the championship, Lokomotiv Zagreb have won 8, tied 1 and lost 1, winning 25 points in 30 possible. His offense has scored consistently, as he has scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since 10 of the last 15 matches for this competition have ended with Over 2,5 goals. In 31 matches in the competition, he suffered the first goal 14 times and only got 3 comebacks.
Lokomotiva continues to fight at the top of the table and knows that to achieve his goals he cannot fail. This means that you have to go after regularity, that is, after good performances and positive results. They can’t lose points at home, especially when facing weaker teams. Therefore, it is your role to lead the match and prevent your opponent from creating chances for goals. By gaining control of the game, it will be much less difficult to win.
After 6 wins, 9 draws and 16 losses, the visiting team is currently in 8th position, with 27 points won. In their last match, they have won Inter Zaprešić at home by (1‑0), after in the previous match they have won at home, in a match against Istra 1961, by (3‑0). This is a team that tends to be more competitive at home, since they have won 10 points away and 17 in their stadium, with 14 goals scored and 25 suffered on the road, against 12 goals scored and 21 suffered at home. In their last away game for this competition, they won by (2‑3) against Hajduk Split. In their last 10 away games for the championship, Varaždin has recorded 2 wins, 1 draw and 7 losses, so they have won 7 points out of 30 possible. This is a team that usually scores a few times first: they only opened the scoring in 7 of their last 31 matches for 1. HNL, of these 7 they reached the break in advantage in 4 and won at the end of the 90 ‘in 5. In 31 games in this tournament, he suffered the first goal 21 times and only got 1 comeback.
It is true that Varazdin managed to win in the last round, but that does not make him feel comfortable. It is still struggling with the fall of the division and there is little care. You must be consistent in your actions, always looking for good results. Since you will be playing away from home in the current game, you should double your attention. You know a loss is bad, so you must sweat your shirt to get at least a tie.