12
Aug

Osijek vs. Istra 1961 (Croatia HNL) LOST 3:0

Osijek vs. Istra 1961 (Croatia HNL)

Osijek lost their captain, defender Barisic, who is transferred to Rangers and coach was forced to change the whole formation to three defenders (instead of usual 4) in the last round. Osijek won 3:2 vs. Rudes in the previous match but there are worries over compatibility in the defensive structure. Most beloved players of fans, attacker Boban is still not ready to help 90 minutes and could be used only 15-30 minutes due to the fitness. Midfielder Mioc and attacker Grezda are still sidelined for Osijek. Istra saved themselves somehow in the last season from relegation and club got new investors and leaders (Baskonia-Alaves Group), the same ones which boosted Rudes and carried them along the previous season. Baskonia Group has a lot of interest in Istra since they are owners of the club now (85%). Many new players are signed and the team is completely changed, so it’s understandable why results were not good in the first two games. Today, Istra will have few new signings available to help: Argentinian attacker Mierez (on loan from Tigre) and another attacker, Moha Traore (Cadiz) both are traveled with the squad. Istra should be better and better in the upcoming period. PICK: Istra +1.5 2.05 SBObet