Zrinjski vs Borac Banja Luka by Raymond Fire
Playing at home today, in this crucial game for them.
Zrinjski are a quality club in this league, current league champions after finishing in top spot last year. Now they presently sit level points with top spot (them & Siroki Brijeg both have 46 points and a 13-7-2 record), however they trail by goal difference.
Today's game is vital for them.. 3 points could see them go to the no.1 spot today, which is their target. A draw or loss will not do for them, as Siroki Brijeg have one of the easiest fixtures today. They play the 2nd bottom team at home... and are 1.20 to win... A pretty much guaranteed 3 points for them... That means Zrinjski will need all 3, potentially just to stay behind on goal difference... although they could go top... either way, they need the win.
Zrinjski have been in brilliant form for a long time, their morale and motivation within the squad is equally high, they come from 3 consecutive league wins. Zrinjski are unbeaten for months and months (in both the cup and league), today's game will make it 20 games unbeaten in total.... their last loss was all the way back in September, and that was away from home.
They haven't taken a league loss at home since 2013!!! That includes going this entire season at home unbeaten, as well as last... This season is coming to an end at it looks very likely they are going to make it 2 consecutive league seasons without a home defeat.. impressive stuff.
There is quite a lot of history and competition between these 2 teams, and the home side today have won most H2H games, as the clear better side.
Once again this season they have proved themselves to be the stronger team, and look to protect their league title.
This is a massive fixture for the home supporters in particular.. Not only are they fighting for top spot to defend their title, but.. Zrinjski is a Croatian club, whilst Borac is a Serbian club... Its always very important for the home Croatian supporters to beat the visiting Serbian side, and vice verse.
That is why when these 2 teams meet there is always a HUGE home advantage... The home fans always turn up in huge numbers and support, which always is a key factor in the host's favour.. It will be the same again today.
So far these 2 sides have clashed a massive 24 times.. Due to this big rivalry and massive home advantage mentioned.. the team playing away from home when these 2 meet is always hugely disadvantaged. From these 24 games the visiting team has only won 2... And it was Zrinjski both times... Borac have NEVER beet Zrinjski on the road.
Zrinjski have played Borac 12 times at home (league and cup).
From those 12 home games they have 11 wins and just 1 draw (0-0 in 2011). A fantastic H2H record at home which is VERY likely to increase today as the gulf between these two sides has increased this season.. and the home side have EVERYTHING to play for.
As for Borac, they sit in 6th place with all league ambitions fading away quickly.. mathematically its possible for them to reach Europa qualification still but its VERY unlikely... Due to this they have nothing to lose, a draw will not do anything for them so they will be going for the win, opening the game up even more for Zrinjski.
Borac are the much weaker team in general, their squad is of a lower quality and less valuable/experienced. They are weaker in both offence and defence.. Zrinjski have +20 goal difference with a huge 30 goals this season and only leaking 10... Borac have scored 20 and leaked 17... Much less goals for them and much more against them.
Also, their away form has been poor of late, they have 4 draws and 1 loss in their last 5 away games.. a record simply not good enough when visiting one of the best teams in the country, who haven't lost a home game in multiple seasons.
A strong team today for Zrinjski, including their top scorer and one of the best f
|Home Win||Bet365||1.72||8||2-0 WON (+5.76 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.