Zrinjski vs. Leotar Prediction, Tips & Odds – Jul. 31, 2022 21:05 CET
Zrinjski unexpectedly lost last week against Zeljeznicar and now they will do everything they can to achieve first win in the domestic championship.
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Last season, Zrinjski won the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina in the most dominant way ever. They collected 86 points, while second-placed Tuzla City had only 57. Zrinjski beat Tuzla City 5:0 in Mostar, while they humiliated former champion Borac twice. It was 4:1 in Mostar and 5:1 in Banja Luka. That says enough about how much Zrinjski was better comparing with second and third best team in the country.
Two most deserving persons for Zrinjski’s impressive performances are head coach Sergej Jakirovic and forward Nemanja Bilbija. This is Jakirovic’s first job in Bosnia and Herzegovina after leading Gorica with considerable success in Croatia. Bilbija was the top scorer in domestic league last season with 33 goals, 19 more than second-placed Sulejman Krpic with 14.
The great desire of Zrinjski is to become first club from Bosnia and Herzegovina to play in the group stage of European competition. Two obstacles separate them from that, and the next one is Tobol. Before that, they have a match against Leotar. Zrinjski will have to be fully focused after the shocking defeat against Zeljeznicar last week.
Last year, Leotar returned to the Premier League of Bosnia and Herzegovina after eight seasons. Although on paper they had the cheapest and weakest team, they managed to avoid relegation. In 33 rounds, they scored only 25 goals (fewest in the entire league), but they were excellent in matches against direct rivals.
Just like most clubs in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Leotar changed a lot of players between two seasons. Unfortunately for them, it seems that the job wasn’t done well. In the second round last week, they experienced a debacle against Sloga Doboj, it was 4:0. It looks like Leotar will have an even tougher job this season to maintain their status in this league and every point at road will be extremely valuable.
In this match against Zrinjski, Leotar has no big expectations. They will try to keep 0:0 for as long as possible because that’s the only way they can get some shocking points here. If Zrinjski takes the lead in the first half, Leotar could experience real disaster here.
Last season, these two teams played against each other three times and Zrinjski won all three games. Twice it was 1:0, and once it was 6:2 in Mostar. Zrinjski has a total of six consecutive wins against Leotar.
Slobodan Jakovljevic (injury) and Josip Corluka (red card) won’t play for Zrinjski, while all players are available for Leotar.
Zrinjski vs. Leotar Prediction
Zrinjski won’t allow another failure after shocking loss at home against Zeljeznicar last week. They are much better team than Leotar and it won’t be a surprise if they lead by two goals at halftime.
Date and Time: 31.07.2022 21:05 CET
Pick: Zrinjski -1.5