Rudes vs Zapresic by Dwofl
This GW brings NK Rudeš v Inter Zaprešić as first time hosts take on first time visitors of the season.
This game is the first one for NK Rudeš at their home turf in their first HNL season ever. The team are coming off two draws (Lokomotiva, NK Osijek) and a loss (HNK Rijeka) from three away games, which for newcomers Rudeš is not really a bad start. The team are showing a positive mentality and we might see them steal points from the "bigger" teams in the division. They found the net once in each game and conceded 6 goals in the process.
The visitors are a standard HNL squad that usually relies on the points they manage to collect at home. With a record of 1 win, 3 draws and 10 defeats away from home during last season, it is safe to say they are one of, if not the worst Croatian team when it comes to playing on the road. They are coming off a 1:2 home defeat to Slaven Belupo in the last GW, a 2:2 draw against a rotated team in Hajduk Split and a 3:1 win in the first GW against the national punching bag Cibalia (they even managed to let in a goal in this one).
Last 7 games in the HNL were 6 losses and 1 draw for Zaprešić as they conceded 15 and scored only against NK Osijek deep into injury time to ease the loss to 2:1.
Since both teams are no strangers to conceding goals I suppose this game will honor neutrals with a couple more. However, NK Rudeš is the team I am looking out for. They were tested away from home and managed to give good teams a run for their money scoring even against HNK Rijeka who managed to deny much stronger teams.
NK Rudeš had 3 days more to rally their team and prepare for their first ever HNL home game against a team with one of the worst away records in the division. I am expecting a good performance from the home team as this is a good opportunity for them to win and send a message through the division that they do not drop points easily at home.
Both teams to score might be a valid choice as well, but since I haven't seen NK Rudeš play at home I trust the horrible away record of the visitors.
That said, I am going with a home win for this one! Good luck!
|Rudeš to win||Bet365||2.40||8||0-2 LOST (-8 units)|
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.