Gorica v Dinamo Zagreb Betting Tip Under 2.5 goals – 15 October 2019

Low-scoring affair likely

CroatiaGorica v Dinamo ZagrebCroatia
Friday 18th October 1700hrs
Football – Croatia – 1.NNL
Pick Under 2.5 goals
Bookmaker Boylesports
Odds: 20/23 odds taken 2000 GMT, Tuesday 15 October)

1 X 2
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* (Betting Odds were taken from 22Bet on October 15, 2019 at 20.00)

Domestic top-flight action returns this weekend following the latest international break. In Croatia, Gorica will be looking to upset champions Dinamo Zagreb who currently find themselves in the unusual position of second place.

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Gorica Preview – Can Gorica continue what has been a positive start to the campaign and get a result against the champions?

Gorica are one of the smaller clubs in the Croatian top-flight but they’re also one of the most competitive. Having won promotion back in 2017/18 – and finally being allowed to play in the top league – Gorica finished in a very respectable mid-table position. Far from that being a one-off or a fluke, the club are in fifth spot after 11 games and looking capable of sticking around. Ensuring they stay in the league is clearly their first priority but with an eight point lead already over second bottom, they may be looking above them now. As unlikely as it may seem for them to break into the top three, they are only four points behind Osijek who are currently occupying the third and final European spot.

Their 11 league games this season have returned 15 points with four wins and the same number of losses. The club’s form before the international break was pretty much in line with what’s happened across the season with two wins and two losses in their last five games. The most recent match ended in defeat away to Osikejk which stretched that club’s lead over them. Frustratingly for Gorica, they took the lead on that occasion but lost two late goals. The impressive Kristijan Lovric scored his fifth goal of the season in that game and already has a hat-trick to his name.

Dinamo Zagreb to win by one goal

Dinamo Zagreb Preview – Will Dinamo get the win and three points that will see them jump to the top of the table?

Dinamo have unquestionably been the best team in Croatia in recent times. The Zagreb-based club have won 13 of the last 14 titles and have been flying the flag for their country in the Champions League. With a massive clash with Shakhtar Donetsk to come in Europe next week, they will be looking to go into that game on the back of a domestic win that would see them return to the top of the league – until Sunday at least when current leaders Hadjuk Split play. Dinamo will not be overly concerned just now with it being so early in the season and having a game in hand, but they have lost as many games this season than they did in the whole of the last campaign.

Defeats to Hadjuk Split and more surprisingly Varazdin – both of which were 1-0 losses away from home – will no doubt focus their minds for this one. Dinamo did get back on track in their last away game, however, winning 4-0 against Lokomotiva Zagreb. That’s the level of dominance they are used to domestically and will be looking for more of the same here.

Key-Facts – Gorica v Dinamo Zagreb

  • Gorica have punched above their weight since winning promotion two years ago and will be hopeful of an upset here
  • Dinamo have dominated Croatian football but have slipped to second this season following a couple of defeats
  • The champions won all four meetings against Gorica last season and beat them 3-1 at home back in August

Gorica v Dinamo Zagreb Betting Advice

Although this is just Gorica’s second season in the top-flight, they have already faced Dinamo Zagreb five times. Unsurprisingly, it’s a fixture that the current champions have been dominant in – winning all five meetings. Their most recent clash came at the beginning of this season when Dinamo ran out 3-1 winners. It’s been much closer on their two visits to Gorica, however, winning both encounters by a one goal margin.
The hosts will take some belief from the fact their opponents have dropped points in three of their six away games this season. Gorica are also hard to beat at home and have won two and drawn three of their five home games this term. Between last season and this, they’re currently on an unbeaten run of nine matches.
This is definitely not the fixture that Dinamo would have selected on the back of an international break and before a European away game. Gorica will prove awkward opponents and Dinamo have to be able to stand up to the physical battle before being able to show their quality. Six of Gorica’s last nine home games have went under 2.5 goals and that looks to be an attractive proposition here considering the champions have seen eight of their last 15 away games also go under that total.