It’s Dinamo Zagreb v FC Astana in the second leg of the third round of the Champions League qualifiers. Dinamo Zagreb won its first match in Kazakhstan 2-0 and should easily advance to the next round with a win at home.
Prediction For This Game:
Dinamo Zagreb proved its class by easily winning 2-0 in Astana in the first leg. The opposing team from Kazakhstan didn’t show any signs of quality except from occasional set-pieces. The Croatian team is the clear favourite in this game and 888sport offers very tempting odds at 1.90, which we would snap up immediately.
The Croatian champion, Dinamo Zagreb, is aiming to play in the Champions League group stage and have proved that they are definitely capable of doing so. Players like Mario Gavranovic, Izet Hajrovic, Mislav Orsic and Dani Olmo guarantee goals against mid-ranked teams in European football, while centre backs Kevin Thophile-Catherine and Emir Dilaver, who joined the club this summer, guarantee a strong defence. Dinamo Zagreb has 30 very good players, so they can afford to play one set of players in the domestic championship, and another for Champions League, so fatigue will not be an issue for them.
FC Astana is a very experienced team, but that is both a strength and a weakness. Against Dinamo Zagreb in the first leg, the starting lineup’s average age was 33; only one player was under 25 years of age (Laszlo Kleinheisler), and just four were under 30. They have played together for years and they know each other very well, but they simply can’t run at the same pace anymore, especially their defence.
Dinamo Zagreb last 5 games:
FC Aatana last 5 games:
Reasons For and Against The Tip:
✓ Dinamo Zagreb won 2-0 in Astana and proved that it is the better side in this matchup.
✓ The Dinamo Zagreb players that are going to play this game are rested because they didn’t play in the domestic championship.
✓ Fc Astana has a very old squad and they simply can’t run fast enough to threaten Dinamo Zagreb.
✘ Dinamo Zagreb can go through to the next round even if they draw or even lose by one goal difference.
Tip: Dinamo Zagreb to win
Odds: 1.90 at 888sports
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