Varazdin vs Sibenik (By: Dajkula)
Varazdin welcomes Sibenik in the 25`th round of the HNL 2. It is also the round before last and each point counts double. I can`t say that I am very objective about this match since it is my home town but I find Varazdin much closer to a win today.
Varazdin is the heir of the famous Varteks that was relegated to 4`th tier because of financial problems. Actually, the politicians were to blame and Varazdin was found as the scapegoat at that time. They didn't deserve it but that is what happened. No, they are back in contention for HNL 1 after 7 years. They had the chance in the playoff last year but Istra was too strong. Or should we say the second tier is just too weak? So, Varazdin has to take the chance and avoid the playoff at all cost. They have the 2 point advantage over Sibenik but they really have to win today. In the last match they play with the very strong Sesvete and they just might lose that. Sibenik plays at home vs Dinamo II which can`t promote and many say Dinamo is against Varazdin in the HNL 1.
Varazdin has a very strong spring part, just like last year, and their form is on the rise. There are some experienced players in the team with some not so quality youth. The experienced ones are at the end of their career so, if they promote, they will have to buy at least 5-6 players. The good question is if there is money for that. So far, they had to sell promising talent.
The key man for Varazdin this season has been Benko with his 19 goals so far. The ex Rijeka player has been carrying the team in the tough games and recently especially. Varazdin is in a great run of 6 wins from 7. At home, they are even better winning 7 straight.
The home side will be missing the defenders Senic(def.21-1) and Stolnik(13-1).
Sibenik is backed by Dinamo and they have a pretty good season. They played better in the first part but have stepped off the gas in the second one. The away games have been a real problem as they won just once in the last 7 and that was against Lucko. They would probably be happy with a draw regarding the recent form. Their away total is 4-4-4 with a very defensive looking 8:8 goal difference. Sibenik had everything at their feet just 3 round ago but they lost surprisingly against Dugopolje and Hajduk II. They were almost out against Kustosija at home but somehow managed to win that game in the dying minutes. They must be feeling the pressure lately.
Sibenik will be missing their defender Barisic(15-0) and the attacker Antunovic(21-4).
Varazdin will be backed by the full stadium and with the form they are having lately I like their chances of winning.
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Varazdin vs Sibenik predictions
|Varazdin -0.25 AH||Pinnacle||1.98||8||3-1 WON (+7.84 units)|
Varazdin vs Sibenik betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Dajkula).