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Power Rankings For Croatia 1.HNL After Week 26

In Croatian 1.HNL on April 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Changes at the bottom end of this table – Istra‘s 2-0 defeat at Rijeka means they drop two places: Karlovac and Lokomotiva move up a place after they both won today. If Hrvatski Dragoljovac don’t win next weekend they’ll be relegated.

1. Inter Zaprešić

2. Dinamo Zagreb

3. Varaždin

4. Zagreb

5. Rijeka

6. Hajduk Split

7. Zadar

8. Slaven Koprivnica

9. Osijek

10. Karlovac

11. Lokomotiva

12. Istra 1961

13. Šibenik

14. Cibalia

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Power Rankings For Croatia 1.HNL

In Croatian 1.HNL on April 17, 2011 at 10:36 am

This is the first time that I’ve published these rankings, which are based on a combination of the percentage rates that American sports use, the difference in performance from last season and a ranking that expresses wins and draws as a percentage of games played. If I think of a better way to describe it I will.

So here are my ratings following yesterday’s games: Split and Hrvatski Dragovoljac aren’t included as they were promoted last season, the teams in green are in the European qualification places next season, teams in red are in danger of being relegated. The links need some formatting but I’ll sort that out when I post the ratings for Norway and Hungary tomorrow.

1. Inter Zaprešić

The most improved overall team this season, on target for their best finish at this level since finishing runners up in 2004/05. Next game at Zadar.

2. Dinamo Zagreb

Champions elect – were beaten yesterday (first defeat in 20+ games) but should wrap up the title in the next couple of games. At home to Osijek next weekend.

3. Varteks Varaždin

4. Zagreb

Only escaped relegation in 2009/10 due to only two clubs (Split and Hrvatski Dragovoljac) being awarded licenses to play in 1.HNL but despite a big improvement away from home, form at Kranjčevićeva hasn’t been good enough. Could still avoid the drop this year. Next game: at Karlovac.

5. Rijeka

6. Hajduk Split

Performing more at more or less the same level as they were last season, but when Dinamo are that much better unfortunately that’s not good enough. Next game at Slaven Koprivnica.

7. Zadar

Have gained just three points away from home this season; next game at home to Inter Zapresic.

8. Slaven

9. Osijek

10. Istra 1961

Beat champions elect Dinamo Zagreb yesterday, but a general failure to find the back of the net this season could cost them a place in next season’s contracted Prva Liga; haven’t scored more than two goals in a game in 2010/11. Next game: at Rijeka

11. Karlovac

12. Lokomotiva

Currently averaging less than one goal per game, next game at Varteks Varaždin.

13. Šibenik

14. Cibalia

The Sky Blues have gone backwards this season – despite still being formidable at home (although they lost yesterday), their away record is dreadful. Could be the start of regression back to mid table status next season.