Our prediction for this Champions League match:
There will be fireworks when Dinamo Zagreb and AEK Athens face each other in the Champions League third qualifying round, first leg. The original fixture was postponed due to violent clashes between supporters of rival sides outside AEK’s stadium and, as a result, away fans are not allowed this time out. The hosts head into Tuesday’s match following a slim goalless draw with Gorica, but key player Luka Ivanusec returns to the starting XI.
The Greeks, on the other hand, have yet to kick off the new domestic campaign, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on the Croatian champions. A man to keep an eye on in the away team will be Switzerland international Steven Zuber. It has to be noted that the two clubs meet for the first time ever in the elite competition.
Highlighted Team (Dinamo Zagreb):
Arguably the biggest club in Croatia and one of the most prominent football outfits in the Balkan region, Dinamo Zagreb have won 18 league titles, 11 of which came successively. Dinamo Zagreb have never been relegated to a lower tier of both Croatian and Yugoslav football.
Modri as they are called in Croatia are renowned for their impressive production line of youth footballers. Their highly organised football academy has so far produced world-class players such as Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic, Marko Pjaca and many others. Dinamo Zagreb play their home matches at the Stadion Maksimir in front of 35,000 people.
The club lacked support during the last couple of seasons due to fans’ disagreement with club management, most notably notorious Zdravko Mamic, who is under investigation for long-lasting corruption, tax evasion and embezzlement. For the first time since 2015, Dinamo Zagreb will have the full support of their most faithful supporters in the Champions League.