Zrinjski vs Zeljeznicar
Game from Bosnian Premier league. It's a second round of the additional playoffs. We have meeting of the two best teams there, Zrinjski and Zeljeznicar.
These two were in very interesting race season ago, race in which Zeljeznicar slipped just before end. And they are again involved in this race of two.
So, Zrinjski is the defending champion and they are the team who was the leader before start of this Champions group. But Zrinjski right away lost two points in home game with Radnik and Zeljeznicar took the lead after 1:0 home win over Krupa.
In game vs Krupa I was on Zeljeznicar in HT FT option 1/1. Still, it was X/1 win in last round.
I believe we will see halftime draw also now. Unlike previous round, this time halftime X wouldn't be surprise at all.
We have two best teams, we have game that possibly could even decide the Championship, especially if guests would take all three points. So, to be honest I don't expect some too great game but more a lot of tension, one cautious approach from both teams, especially early in the game. That being said, IMO we won't see too many action early on.
This mainly was not the case in this season, but usually in this league you will see these biggest games (Zrinjski - Zeljeznicar, Zeljeznicar - Sarajevo and Sarajevo - Zrinjski) with halftime draw.
Specifically in two meetings this season between Zrinjski and Zeljeznicar be saw both times defending champion winning 1:0 and both times with lead already at halftime. But both times those were goals late in the first half.
The last time they met just two weeks ago, so it was after winter break and also here with Zrinjski hosting the game. Zrinjski was much better back then and this is also by the words of everyone in Zeljeznicar. But overall looking after winter break, Zeljeznicar was the team who played better. Namely, the team from Bosnian capital won all games except that one while Zrinjski dropped points in two occasions and against "small" opponents.
In any case, fact they are defending champions, fact they won both H2H this season and fact they are at home today, make Zrinjski certain favorite.
But I still believe halftime draw is the best option for this match. I just don't see the hosts rushing too much, at least not early while Zeljeznicar without doubt will be more defensively focused and would try to keep the leading position with a draw.
Zeljeznicar is in great position with it's squad. Namely there are no injured or suspended players. So everyone are available including Sinisa Stevanovic who missed the game vs Krupa.
As for the home team, they have small concerns. Namely, Pero Stojkic, the captain is suspended due to yellow cards. Also Ognjen Todorovic is questionable after got injured in previous round.
Zrinjski vs Zeljeznicar prediction
|Halftime X||Bet365||2.00||8||0-2 LOST (-8 units)|