Our prediction for this Europa Conference League match:
Stadium Fadil Vokrri in Pristina will host Thursday’s Conference League game between Ballkani and Dinamo Zagreb, the two teams who meet for the first time in European competitions. Ballkani failed to spoil Plzen’s party at Doosan Arena, but their fine form in the national championship is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the visit of Dinamo Zagreb. Lindon Emerllahu should be the only absentee in the home team.
The Croatian champions, on the other hand, suffered a heart-breaking loss to Hajduk Split in the HNL derby and seeing that Ballkani are tough to beat at home, we are tempted to put our money on draw. Important attacker Bruno Petkovic has joined Luka Stojkovic in the recovery room after limping off with injury at the weekend, while fellow midfielder Lukas Kacavenda is a major doubt and he will be assessed ahead of the kick-off.
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.