Our prediction for this Champions League match:
Dinamo Zagreb will look to kick off their Champions League qualifying campaign in style when they host Shkupi to their Stadion Maksimir on Tuesday evening. The Croats are seen as one of the main favourites to make it to the group stages, but they will have to prove their worth on the field. The Blues won the Croatian Super Cup thanks to a win over their bitter rivals Hajduk Split, with the team kicking off the new domestic campaign with a 3-2 win over Lokomotiva Zagreb.
Petar Bockaj, who failed to impress in the season opener, is likely to drop to the bench, with summer signing Josip Drmic stepping up. Shkupi, on the other hand, booked their place in the Champions League second qualifying round despite suffering a 2-0 loss at Shkupi. The Macedonian outfit obviously struggle on the road, and they are unlikely to spoil Dinamo Zagreb’s party at Maksimir. Defender Gagi Margvelashvili is back from suspension for the visiting side.
Highlighted Player (Kévin Théophile-Catherine):
Born in Saint-Brieuc, France, on October 28, 1989, Kevin Theophile-Catherine is a defender who plays for Croatian champions Dinamo Zagreb. Theophile-Catherine started his youth career at Rennes and he continued playing for les Rouges et Noirs at senior level.
After scoring two goals in 98 appearances for the club from 2009 to 2013, he moved to Cardiff City in the 2013/2014 season, signing a four-year contract with the Bluebirds. After ending his loan spell with Saint-Etienne, he signed a permanent deal with les Verts in 2015 for a fee of £1.5 million.
The Dinamo Zagreb footballer has one cap with France U21 team, while making four appearances for the U20 team. His main position is centre-back, but he is capable of playing as both right and left back as well. His preferred foot is right and his contract with Dinamo Zagreb should expire on June 30, 2020. Theophile-Catherine made his debut for Dinamo Zagreb in a 2-1 win over Osijek on August 17, 2018.