Lokomotiva Zagreb vs Istra 1961 Betting Tip and Predictions. In the 32nd round in Croatian 1. HNL Lokomotiva Zagreb host Istra 1961.
Both teams have different ambitions. Lokomotiva Zagreb looking for points for the UEFA Europa League, while on the other side Istra 1961 desperately need points in order to avoid relegation.
Home teams is in a very poor form – without win in their last 5 matches and today they have chance to reach the 3rd position in the case of win.
Perić (8/0 d), Addy (2/0 d) and their second top scorer Marić (22/5 f) are all out for this match.
On the other side the visitors recent form is very solid – only one defeat in the last 5 matches (2-2-1). They are playing very solid at home ground, but away from home they are still without win.
For this match Istra 1961 will be without few very important players Pamić (15/3 m), Pavlović (24/0 m), Tomić (20/3 d), Jo (16/1 f), Špehar (28/2 m) and Dinis (7/0 m) are all out.
Now, the interesting part of this betting preview.
These two teams have very weird results in their previous meetings. Four of their last six matches were finished 1/2 or 1/2 and today’s match smells that they can do it again.
In 2013. they played once 2/1:
19.10.2013. Lok. Zagreb vs Istra 1961 2-1 (0-1)
while in 2014 they have met four times and 3 of those 4 games was finished 2/1:
03.11.2014. Lok. Zagreb vs Istra 1961 4-2 (1-2)
17.08.2014. Istra 1961 vs Lok. Zagreb 3-2 (0-1)
16.04.2014. Lok. Zagreb vs Istra 1961 3-2 (0-1)
I guess you have already heard about Mamić, who controlled everything in Croatian football. His unofficial club is Lokomotiva Zagreb, despite the fact that he is in the Dinamo Zagreb family.
Another interesting fact is that both teams have played against NK Zagreb previous month and both matches were finished 1/2 and 2/1:
24.04.15 Lok. Zagreb vs NK Zagreb 1-2 (1-0)
03.04.15 Istra 1961 vs NK Zagreb 2-1 (0-1)
Btw, the owner of NK Zagreb is Dražen Medić, the “new Mamić” in the Croatian football.
However, this match is very suspicious for me and I have to try 1/2 and 2/1 for some lower stake.
Another interesting fact is that some bookies blocked this game.
Note: I don’t know is this match fixed or not, this is just my opinion and I advice you to try. Low stake, of course!